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Horse sausage anyone?
Horse sausage anyone?
Elisa Britzelmeier

MUNICH - Horsemeat passed off as beef – across Europe, the food scandal continues to make headlines.

On the food circuit in Munich, at Kaspar Wörle’s horsemeat butcher shop, it hasn’t caused much of a stir – except for the fact that the phone has been ringing uninterruptedly since the scandal broke. "People want information," sighs staffer Emilia Ramirez. She has been working at Munich’s only horsemeat butcher shop for two years. "Some of them are so outraged over the trickery, they take it out on us. The way they act, you’d think we were selling rat meat! But our meat is prime meat." She’s also sure of one thing: their loyal customers are not going to be put off by all the hoopla.

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Firefighters work to put out the fire in a mall hit by a Russian missile strike

Shaun Lavelle, Anna Akage and Emma Albright

Officials fear the death toll will continue to climb after two Russian missiles hit the Armstor shopping center in the central Ukrainian city of Kramenchuk. According to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, more than 1,000 people were inside the mall Monday at the time of the attack.

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For the moment, the death toll is at 18 with 36 people missing and at least 59 injured, reported a regional official on Tuesday. The search and rescue operations continue under the rubble.

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