This update hits on three common prophetic themes for our generation: The Middle East, Pestilence and Persecution.
The United States has quietly been testing the Syrian opposition's ability to deliver food rations, medical kits and money to rebel-held areas as Washington prepares to send arms to the rebel fighters.
US officials meet weekly in Turkey with Syrian opposition leaders to work out how best to keep supply lines open to rebel fighters and war-ravaged towns and districts.
Supplies are handed to officers of the moderate Free Syrian Army (FSA) at clandestine locations that cannot be divulged for security reasons.
"I sign the paperwork, and shake the hands of the FSA official," said a US State Department official involved in the effort. "I wish them well and walk away." The rebels take aid for their own units and also distribute some of it to schools, clinics and local councils.
The US Congress cleared the way earlier this month for Washington to give the rebels not just non-lethal and humanitarian aid but also weapons. Lawmakers have only approved limited funding for the arms operation, as they fear that US weapons and ammunition could end up in the hands of hardline Islamist militant groups.
Medical experts have raised fears of a new strain of antibiotic-resistant superbug spread through food and even drinking water.
He says food coming in from overseas is of primary concern.
But the medical profession is most concerned about the Indian subcontinent, with an estimated 95 per cent of Indians carrying a form of superbug.
Cardiff University researcher Professor Timothy Walsh has made a worrying discovery called NDM1, or New Delhi metallo-beta lactamase.
The enzyme makes healthy bacteria in the gut resistant to all but one old and highly toxic antibiotic, Colistin.
"The data that we now have coming out of some Indian hospitals would suggest that Colistin resistance is starting to rise rapidly and so we've actually moved from extreme drug resistance to into pan-drug resistance, ie, we've run out completely of antibiotics," Professor Walsh said.
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