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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National Guard role in Ferguson 'limited in scope'

The command of the National Guard in Ferguson, Missouri will fall under the state highway patrol and will be limited in scope, Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Ronald Replogle told a press conference.

"They will be tasked with protecting the unified command centre that we now stand in. That will free up law enforcement resources to protect the peaceful protesters," said Supt. Col. Replogle.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel Ronald Replogle Credit: Reuters

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