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Parents of US teenager Michael Brown reject police apology

The parents of the unarmed black teenager gunned down by police in Ferguson in the US have rejected an apology by the city's top cop.

Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, said Darren Wilson, the white officer who fired the gun, should instead be arrested.

The 18-year-old's death sparked days of widespread rioting.

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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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