News The eye of the storm: Speakes in the White House in 1982

An assassination attempt plunged Larry Speakes into the brightest of national spotlights as chief spokesman for President Ronald Reagan. When Reagan’s press secretary James Brady was severely wounded in the 1981 attempt on the president’s life, Speakes was thrust into the eye of the storm. As White House spokesman for six years, a long tenure in the sensitive post, he was credited with 2,000 news media briefings.

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Fund managers take refuge in safe havens

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Compass serves up 16% profit surge

COMPASS, the contract catering group, continued its impressive run yesterday with a 16 per cent increase in full-year profits to pounds 159m and bullish predictions that it is well placed to withstand a downturn.

Shell told to axe 20,000

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BIS appointment

THE BANK for International Settlements (BIS) yesterday announced it had appointed John Heimann as the first chairman of the new financial stability institute. The institute is a joint initiative by the BIS and the Basle Committe on Banking Supervision which is seen responding to needs for strengthening financial systems worldwide.

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BT. Alex Brown braced for cuts

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Merrill Lynch head steps aside

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MERRILL LYNCH, the world's largest investment bank, yesterday reported pre-tax losses of $206m (pounds 122m) in the third quarter after taking a $430m charge to cover a cost-cutting programme which will cost 3,400 jobs worldwide.

Merrill Lynch cuts herald City cull

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Funds fear further market falls

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