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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Schools in Ferguson to close temporarily amid unrest

All schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will be closed from August 19 through to August 22, according to a statement on its Facebook page, after unrest erupted over the shooting of an unarmed teenager.

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