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Police fire tear gas in US town as Obama calls for calm

Missouri National Guard near a Shopping Center in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014Police fired tear gas in another night of unrest in a Missouri town where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, just hours after President Barack Obama called for calm. US National Guard troops rolled into Ferguson earlier in the day, but they kept a low profile as police in riot gear dispersed about 100 demonstrators around 11 p.m. (0400 GMT), arresting several of them. Several rounds of gunfire — described by a senior police officer as “potshots in the area” — were heard, adding to tension that has gripped this St Louis suburb since the fatal shooting of 18-year-old student Michael Brown. Obama, the nation’s first African-American president, said he was sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday as Washington pursues a civil rights investigation into the case.

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