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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Black man 'fatally shot by police' near Ferguson

A black man who "brandished a knife" has been fatally shot by police a few miles from Ferguson, where unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot dead, NBC News reported, citing authorities.

St Louis police said the 23-year-old man had taken an energy drink and pastries from a local store before the altercation with two officers.

St Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said the man, who has yet to be named, was repeatedly ordered to drop the knife before he told the officers, "Shoot me now, kill me now."

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