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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Protesters and police clash during standoff in Ferguson

Protesters clashed with riot police in Missouri overnight after police reports released earlier said a black teen was a suspect in the theft of cigars from a store minutes before an officer shot him dead.

Police officers line up across the street in Ferguson. Credit: Reuters

Racially charged protests in the Missouri town of Ferguson entered their sixth night since the death of Michael Brown on August 9.

A protester carries a Molotov cocktail during on-going demonstrations. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson said police fired a teargas canister at a crowd near a food and liquor store and broader violence and looting erupted.

A man holds a tear gas canister fired by police officers during a demonstration. Credit: REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

There remains little clarity surrounding the moments leading up to Brown's death.

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