Six stories from week three

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Syria: We lost.
Diary of a consent lawyer.
Theresa May's plan for Brexit has been crushed. a second referendum is looking more likely. Will Britain's political class be able to agree on a question?
Five stars and unmissable? Panned and unwatchable? Box office numbers show that reviews are just an opinion - and probably not yours.
We're excited about the road ahead. We think there's a different way to run the race. We set out in a spirit of radical optimism, an optimism that's inherent in our name. We've chosen Tortoise because it's memorable, visual, durable. And apt.
Prescriptions of opioids - powerful and addictive painkillers - have been on the rise across England. But one coastal stretch shows how they are being dispensed to treat something other than pain.

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