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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Police fire smoke and tear gas at protesters in Ferguson

Police in Ferguson, Missouri, said they fired smoke and tear gas canisters into a crowd of defiant protesters who gathered in the St. Louis suburb where a black teen had been shot by a white police officer while walking down the street.

A protester reaches down to throw back a smoke canister as police clear a street in Ferguson. Credit: Reuters

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