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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.

A picture says a thousand words. For more pictures, please visit my photo gallery.

 

The Latest World Headlines From BBC News . . .



Journey's end

Maureen and Roger have waited 11 years to visit the place where their son Matthew died in Iraq, to lay a small cross there and to try to understand why he died.

Istanbul Ataturk airport attack: Deaths rise to 41 as Turkey mourns

The death toll in a suicide gun and bomb attack on Istanbul's Ataturk airport rises to 41, including 13 foreign nationals, as Turkey observes a national day of mourning.

Brexit: No EU compromise on freedom of movement

There is no pick and choose in the single market, EU leaders meeting in Brussels say, after discussing the UK vote to leave.

WW2 Jewish escape tunnel uncovered in Lithuania's Ponar forest

The escape tunnel used by Jewish "Burning Brigade" prisoners in WW2 is uncovered in Lithuania's Ponar forest.

Everest: Indian police couple's summit claim investigated

Police investigate claims by two climbers who say they are India's first couple to scale Mount Everest, after doubt is cast on photos of the ascent.

US election: 'I like waterboarding a lot', says Donald Trump

Republican Donald Trump repeats calls for the return of waterboarding against Islamic State militants, hours after a terror attack in Istanbul.

Putin and Erdogan mend ties after Russia-Turkey jet incident

Vladimir Putin pushes for ties with Turkey to be restored, months after a Russian military jet was shot down by Turkey

LuxLeaks scandal: Luxembourg tax whistleblowers convicted

Two whistleblowers in "Luxleaks" tax scandal gets suspended jail terms, journalist on trial is acquitted

Jeremy Corbyn expected to face leadership challenge

Labour MPs are expected to announce a challenge to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership after a motion of no confidence in him was supported by three-quarters of the parliamentary party.

Chagos islanders cannot return home, says Supreme Court

Former residents of the Chagos Islands who were forcibly removed from their homeland lose their appeal to the UK's Supreme Court to return home.

El Chapo: Mexico judge halts extradition to US

A judge in Mexico temporarily halts the extradition of the country's most notorious drugs lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, to the US.

Lesedi la Rona diamond set to be sold at auction for £52m

The world's largest uncut diamond is expected to be sold for more than £52m in an unprecedented auction in London.

Mgqumeni impersonator jailed for South Africa rape

A South African man who made headlines for impersonating a popular dead Zulu folk musician is sentenced to 28 years in prison.

Istanbul attack: CCTV footage inside the airport

Turkish investigators are examining video footage after three suicide bombers attacked Istanbul's main airport, killing at least 41 people.

Istanbul airport attack: Reporter describes departure lounge destruction

Reporter Hugh Sykes describes the scene as he walks through Istanbul airport following a gun and bomb attack.

Trudeau's Brexit message to youth

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoken to young people about Brexit and vote differences between old and young people

UK PM to opposition: 'For heaven's sake, go!'

Prime Minister David Cameron has told Labour's Jeremy Corbyn that he should resign immediately, for the good of the country.

Gwyneth Paltrow on keeping love in a relationship without romance

HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur talks to Gwyneth Paltrow about her life since 'consciously uncoupling'.

Ab Fab stars on growing old disgracefully

BBC Breakfast speaks to Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders about the film adaptation of Absolutely Fabulous.

A guide to Khoisan culture and language

The Khoisan are South Africa's oldest inhabitants. The BBC spent the day with one of the group to learn more about their way of life.

Jean-Claude Juncker: 'If you are out, you are out'

Jean-Claude Juncker has told the BBC that the UK has to face the consequences of leaving the EU.

Ancient birds' wings preserved in amber

Two wings from birds that lived alongside the dinosaurs have been found preserved in amber.

Justin Trudeau gets comic book treatment in Marvel tale

A cartoon depiction of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears on the cover of a new Marvel comic book coming out in August.

CIA taps huge potential of digital technology

The CIA is working to ensure that advances in digital technology work to its advantage, and not against it, reports Gordon Corera.

Turkey violence: How dangerous is instability?

Turkey has witnessed yet another deadly terror attack. The BBC's Paul Kirby asks what the risks are of the crisis worsening.

Brexit: What happens now?

The UK has voted to leave the EU. Here is what is likely to happen next.

How to get a good trade deal

Having voted to leave the EU, the UK needs to negotiate a new set of trade deals with the EU - here are four key ways to get a good deal.

Real to reel

Remembering a century of war films at the Imperial War Museum in London - from 1 July 2016 to 8 January 2017.

Nightscapes

A selection of winners in the International Earth & Sky Photo Contest, The World at Night’s (TWAN) annual photography competition.

Your pictures

Each week, we publish a gallery of readers' pictures on a set theme. This week, we asked for your pictures on the theme of "flowers".

Week in pictures: 18-24 June 2016

A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week.

Pretoria burns

Pictures of violent protests near South Africa's capital, Pretoria, prompted by anger at the ANC's choice of a mayoral candidate.

Man Utd: Zlatan Ibrahimovic deal close to completion

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic should complete his much-anticipated move to Manchester United by the end of the week.

Andy Murray column: Marcus Willis deserves Wimbledon moment

Andy Murray on Marcus Willis' feel-good Wimbledon story and the time his fellow Briton turned up drenched for doubles.

Being called a 'bitch'

Why is Hillary Clinton so often associated with the word "bitch" - and how offensive is it?

Bethlehem angel

Italian restoration workers at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem have uncovered a mosaic of an angel that was previously hidden beneath plaster.

'Pray for Turkey'

The international display of solidarity for Turkey and victims of Istanbul airport terror attack.

Perfect pitch

How Myanmar's National Symphony Orchestra, once barely allowed to perform, is trying to win the hearts of its one-time military masters.

Wrong Joe Hart

The England goalkeeper's namesake feels the brunt of fan anger following ignominious Euro 2016 exit.

The $4 smartphone

The BBC is given a first look at a smartphone costing less than £3, set to launch in India next week.

Domes and a dentist

hey are the tiny nation who humiliated England 2-1 at Euro 2016 on Monday - so what do we know about Iceland?

Vote refrain

The media is full of Brexit-related stories. But what other news - serious and not-so-serious - might have fallen under the radar?

Don't eat the carpet

Tech firms promise auto-translation services that are near-instantaneous and accurate, but can businesses really rely on them?

Brexit: Spain and France oppose Scotland EU talks

The French president and Spanish prime minister both say they are opposed to the EU negotiating potential membership for Scotland.

Brussels 'last supper' marks UK Brexit

The BBC's Laurence Peter is following all the latest developments at an EU crisis summit in Brussels after the UK voted last week to leave the 28-member bloc.

Reality Check: Have MEPs done 'proper jobs'?

Nigel Farage says most MEPs have never done a 'proper job' in their lives. Is he right?

Brexit: The divide between generations

Meet the Hannons, dealing with the family fallout from the Brexit vote

Conservative leader: Who might succeed David Cameron?

Who are the main contenders to succeed David Cameron as Conservative Party leader and prime minister.