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 'well-equipped' to protect Ferguson

Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason said his men were "seasoned soldiers" well equipped for the mission of protecting Ferguson.

Missouri National Guard troops were being deployed on Monday to the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson to try to restore calm to an area that has become a nightly scene of rioting and protests over the August 9 fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a white police officer.

Missouri National Guard Brigadier General Gregory Mason Credit: Reuters

Speaking at a press conference following the announcement by the Mayor, Mason said: "Our soldiers have been well trained and seen many missions of state response over the years."

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