Canada's Cirque du Soleil receives court protection from creditors

MONTREAL (Reuters) – Canada’s once high-flying Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group on Tuesday received initial protection from its creditors in a Quebec court, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the famed circus operator to cancel shows and lay off artists. Montreal-based

Afghan schools, universities to remain closed until September

Distance learning via online, radio and TV broadcasts to replace traditional classrooms, officials say. Schools and universities in Afghanistan will remain closed for another three months as the nation’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to climb, authorities have said.

Mnuchin sees support for re-directing expiring coronavirus loan funds

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Tuesday said up to $140 billion in possible small business loans could be refocused to support restaurants, hotels and other industries hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic. The remaining funds authorized

Belgian king expresses regrets for colonial abuses

Belgium’s King Philippe has expressed his “deepest regrets” to the Democratic Republic of Congo for his country’s colonial abuses. The reigning monarch made the comments in a letter to President Felix Tshisekedi on the 60th anniversary of DR Congo’s independence.

Airbus slows services push amid coronavirus crisis

PARIS (Reuters) – Airbus has postponed its target of building a $10 billion services business amid the coronavirus crisis, but is sticking with a strategy of supporting airline operations, a senior executive said as the company heads for a broader