Mourners gather for funeral of US teenager Michael Brown

Hundreds of people are gathering for the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed American teenager who was shot dead by police on 9th August.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the teen's father called for calm, saying: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Three White House officials will attend the service.

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President calls for calm as Ferguson riots rage on

President Obama has called for calm as protests over the death of a black teenager in America at the hands of police rage on.

In a speech at the White House today, he said he knew emotions were "raw" and said maintaining public safety, while allowing people the right to protest, was a priority.

The President also used the speech to condemn any "excessive force" used by officers when tackling peaceful protesters.

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