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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Missouri governor imposes curfew in bid to quell protests

Jay Nixon, the governor of Missouri, has declared a state of emergency in Ferguson, in response to violent protests following the shooting of black teenager Michael Brown.

There have been a series of protests and looting over the last week, after 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was unarmed, was shot and killed by a white police officer.

A curfew will be put in place starting at midnight and run until 5 am, according to Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, who was appointed by the governor to oversee security in the suburban St. Louis community that was rocked by the shooting on 9th August.

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