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New York (United States) (AFP) – New York City paid tribute Friday to five police officers who died as a result of illness contracted while responding to the 9/11 attacks 12 years ago.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and police chief Ray Kelly presided over the unveiling of a police memorial wall to which the names of the deceased officers were added.

The monument in Battery Park in southern Manhattan is close to the World Trade Center, which collapsed and where 2,753 people were killed in the attacks.

The five officers aged between 40 and 58 died between July 2011 and July 2012, according to local authorities.

“We owe each of them a tremendous debt of gratitude for their many years of exceptional service as members of the police department,” Kelly said.

Around 65,000 people, including more than 50,000 emergency service personnel, have contracted illnesses, particularly breathing and skin conditions, as a result of responding to the Al-Qaeda hijackings in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.

They are treated under the World Trade Center Health Program, which looks after those who responded to the attacks and survivors in the New York disaster area.

In August, the New York Daily News reported that 1,140 people were suffering from cancer contracted as a result of the attacks.

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)