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Who is Paul?

In many ways, the picture says much to answer that question.

What the picture does not answer:

I live in Chatsworth, California with my long term partner, Greg Venne.

I am passionate about about:
     -->those who can not help themselves
     -->about politics
     -->and individual rights
     -->about Jewelry (I am a graduate gemologist) and Diamonds especially.

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The Latest World Headlines From BBC News . . .

Mass rally for Nemtsov in Moscow

Tens of thousands of people march in Moscow to honour Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, who was shot dead on Friday.

'Hundreds' of S Sudan boys seized

Hundreds of South Sudanese boys have been kidnapped and forced to become child soldiers, the UN says, blaming a government-allied militia.

MH370 teams trial long-haul tracking

Three countries are to trial a new method of tracking planes, which could help avoid incidents like the disappearance of flight MH370.

New avalanches strike Afghanistan

Fresh avalanches hit Afghanistan's Panjshir valley closing off areas already difficult to reach, local officials say, after the death of scores of people.

Estonia votes amid Russia fears

Estonians are choosing a new government, in an election dominated by concerns over Russian action in Ukraine.

CCTV shows UK girls on way to Syria

New CCTV pictures appear to show three UK girls on the Turkish leg of what is believed to have been their journey to join Islamic State in Syria.

Egypt elections set to be delayed

Parliamentary elections in Egypt are set to be delayed after the country's Supreme Court ruled part of an election law unconstitutional.

US 'to deport Bosnian war suspects'

US officials are trying to deport 150 Bosnian immigrants suspected of involvement in war crimes during the 1992-95 war, the New York Times says.

Netanyahu begins disputed US visit

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu heads to Washington to argue his case against a nuclear deal with Iran, ahead of a controversial speech to Congress.

Chilean girl appeals to president

A 14-year-old girl suffering from cystic fibrosis asks Chile's president to allow her to die in an online video viewed by thousands of people.

US sex abuse suspect held in Brazil

Police in Brazil arrest an American man suspected of sexually assaulting young women while running a religious group in the US state of Minnesota.

Emwazi 'felt like dead man walking'

The extremist known as "Jihadi John" had suicidal thoughts after feeling harassed by MI5, according to email exchanges with a journalist.

VIDEO: Museum displays Iraq's rich history

Iraq's national museum has reopened 12 years after it was closed following the American invasion of the country.

VIDEO: World record set at ploughing event

A new world record is achieved at the 100th Mullahead ploughing match in County Armagh.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

VIDEO: Congressman pays 'Downton' decor costs

An American congressman has to pay back $40,000 of public money after re-decorating his office in the style of the period television drama Downton Abbey

VIDEO: Photographing black Britain

As a new exhibition about the experience of black British people opens in London, Jamaican-born Photographer Neil Kenlock speaks to the BBC about the show.

VIDEO: Missing Oscars dress 'found'

Police in California say they have found a dress which could be the one worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars.

VIDEO: Mariupol's volunteer defence force

Fighting has died down in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions in recent days, after a ceasefire agreed between the government and pro-Russian rebels.

VIDEO: Hungarian village up for rent

A small Hungarian village has put itself up for tourists to rent, in an attempt to raise money to revitalise it.

Nemtsov killing polarises Russian society

Both government and opposition in Russia are coming up with theories about the killing of Putin critic Boris Nemtsov, but it could be years before it becomes clear why it happened, says the BBC's Artyom Liss.

IS using love as a recruitment tool

IS needs women to build a state, says Razia Iqbal - and it is using social media to lure impressionable recruits.

Campaignspotting: BBC's 2016 blog

It may be almost a year before voting begins, but the race for the US presidency is already heating up.

Ageism a disaster, says Scott Thomas

A lack of film roles for actresses in their 50s is "a disaster" and the situation is unlikely to change, Dame Kristin Scott Thomas says.

Hong Kong runners in 'boring' race

Runners compete in Hong Kong's first inner-city ultra marathon, despite organisers describing it as "quite boring".

India budget to boost investment

Indian PM Narendra Modi's government unveils a business-friendly budget aimed at attracting greater investment for the economy.

HTC to sell virtual reality headsets

HTC reveals it is to sell a virtual reality headset featuring tracking technology developed by video games firm Valve.

Huawei and LG unveil smartwatches

LG unveils a smartwatch that can make calls without being paired to a phone, while Huawei unveils its first Android Wear watch.

Cyber attacks top US threat list

A US intelligence assessment of security threats faced by the country highlights cyber attacks from foreign governments and criminals.

Finnish punk band set for Eurovision

A punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities is chosen to represent Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Obama leads Leonard Nimoy tributes

President Obama is among those paying tribute to Leonard Nimoy, the Star Trek actor who has died aged 83, saying: "I loved Spock."

'Exquisite' gravity probe leaves UK

UK industry completes construction of the modules that make up the Lisa Pathfinder satellite - a remarkable probe that will test the key technologies needed to detect gravitational waves in space.

Wheat present in UK 'for 8,000 years'

Fragments of wheat DNA suggest wheat was present in Britain 8,000 years ago, long before it was grown by British farmers.

Distinct ME stages found, says study

Scientists say they have found distinct changes in the immune systems of patients with ME or chronic fatigue syndrome, which could lead to better diagnosis and treatment.

Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO

People should listen to music for no more than one hour a day to protect their hearing, the World Health Organization suggests.

Arsenal 2-0 Everton

Goals from Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky move Arsenal back to third place in the Premier League as they beat Everton.

Liverpool 2-1 Manchester City

Philippe Coutinho scores the winner as Liverpool dent Manchester City's Premier League title bid with victory at Anfield.

Singapore at 50: From swamp to skyscrapers

Fifty years ago Singapore gained independence - it became one of the region's leading economies thanks to immigrants like Sharanjit Leyl's grandfather.

The 30-day worm and cricket diet

A US student is just finishing a 30-day diet in which he has eaten insects three times a day - and he says they're much better than you might think.

Dutch town terrorised by rogue owl

Residents of the Dutch town of Purmerend are advised to take umbrellas out at night after a rogue owl leaves man requiring stitches to head wounds.

Rare bear cub found outside circus

A rare two-week-old Asiatic black bear cub is found abandoned in a box outside a Russian circus.

S Leone vice-president in quarantine

The vice-president of Sierra Leone puts himself into quarantine after one of his bodyguards dies from the Ebola virus.

William meets Japan tsunami victims

The Duke of Cambridge hears the harrowing stories of survivors of the Japanese tsunami during his visit to communities hit by the disaster.

Mass anti-immigration rally in Rome

Thousands of supporters of Italy's Northern League, led by Matteo Salvini, have held a big rally in Rome against immigration and PM Matteo Renzi's rule.

Venezuela limits US diplomats

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced measures to impose limits on US diplomats working in the country.

Looted Iraq museum opens 12 years on

Iraq's national museum officially reopens in Baghdad, 12 years after it was looted in the aftermath of the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

US avoids homeland security shutdown

Lawmakers in the US avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department after passing a one-week funding extension two hours before a deadline.

Nichols: 'Test parties on migration'

Politicians should be "tested" on their approach to immigration, the head of the Catholic church in England and Wales says, adding he is "dismayed" it is a big issue.

Fan pushed Paris man as 'train full'

An ex-police officer and Chelsea fan involved in an alleged racist incident on the Paris Metro says he pushed a black man away from a train carriage "because it was too full".

Missing girl search 'intensifies'

The search for 16-year-old Becky Watts from Bristol is being intensified, according to police.

Union jack set for public works

Plaques featuring the union jack will mark publicly-funded projects across Britain - but the SNP attacks the scheme as a "silly gimmick".

Week in pictures: 21-27 February 2015

News photos from around the world

Halfway in 24-year photo project

Photographers recording the first 24 hours of each year

Day in pictures: 27 February 2015

Images from around the world: 27 February

Your pictures: Gardens

Readers' photographs on the theme of gardens

Brit Awards 2015: In Pictures

Highlights from this year's ceremony in London

In pictures: Vintage Nasa photographs for sale

Space photos go under the hammer

Day in pictures: 25 February 2015

Images from around the world: 25 February

Sony World Photography Awards: 2015 shortlist

Finalists in this year's Sony World Photo Awards

The truth about the Sound of Music family

What the real Sound of Music family say about themselves

Why Iceland banned beer

Why Iceland banned beer right up until 1989

Mumbai attacks suspect's luxury jail time

The luxury lifestyle of Pakistan's most notorious prisoner

Has the world become too visual?

Has the world's addiction to images gone too far?

Uruguay bids farewell to pauper president

Uruguay bids farewell to the leader who was as good as his word

The prince and the Party: Five elephants in the room

The five elephants in the room during William's visit to China

A Welsh enclave in America

How St David's Day is marked in one community far from Wales

Surviving Iwo Jima

One man's memory of a brutal battle in the Pacific

Anger over new powers for Turkish authorities online

Anger over new powers for the Turkish authorities online

Go Figure: The week in numbers

The week's big numbers in the news visualised