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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 . . .

Blatter denies scandal responsibility

Fifa president Sepp Blatter says he cannot be held responsible for the current corruption scandal but vows to work to earn back trust.

Syria Islamists 'seize Idlib city'

An Islamist rebel coalition has seized one of the last cities in western Idlib province held by the Syrian government, activists say.

Bangkok talks on Asia migrant crisis

A regional conference is due to begin in the Thai capital Bangkok to discuss solutions to the South-East Asia migrant crisis.

IS 'kills 20 men at Palmyra site'

Islamic State militants killed 20 men at the ancient theatre at the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra, central Syria, a monitoring group says.

Most-wanted Nazi 'unfit for trial'

Former SS lieutenant Gerhard Sommer, at the top of a most-wanted list of Nazis, has been declared unfit for trial by prosecutors in Germany.

PM urges EU 'flexibility' on reforms

UK PM David Cameron starts a tour of European capitals as a bill paving the way for the UK's EU referendum is launched.

Putin makes troop deaths state secret

President Vladimir Putin declares Russian troop losses in peacetime a state secret as the Kremlin continues to deny sending troops to Ukraine.

Eight 'exploited' L'Oreal heiress

A French court hands down jail sentences and fines to eight people found guilty of exploiting billionaire Liliane Bettencourt.

US charges Chinese in testing scam

The US Department of Justice has charged 15 Chinese nationals with developing a scheme to have imposters take university entrance exams.

Zuma not liable for home upgrades

South African President Jacob Zuma will not have to repay state money spent to upgrade his private home in Nkandla, the police minister says.

Tajik special ops chief 'joins IS'

Tajikistan's special forces chief appears in a video claiming to have joined Islamic State forces in Syria.

Lenovo phone beams virtual keyboard

Chinese electronics giant Lenovo has unveiled a phone with a built-in laser projector that can be used to display a virtual keyboard or display.

VIDEO: Putin shows his support for Blatter

Russian President Vladimir Putin has accused the US of trying to block Sepp Blatter from being re-elected as Fifa president.

VIDEO: Why brave treacherous Bay of Bengal?

The BBC's Justin Rowlatt travelled to Teknaf on the southern coast of Bangladesh, from where hundreds of migrants begin the perilous journey across the Bay of Bengal.

VIDEO: Soweto fashion takes to the catwalk

Self taught designer Collen Monnakgotla speaks to the BBC about his fashion show.

VIDEO: 'Diblings' - the siblings created through donors

Being a 'dibling' - a child biologically connected through egg or sperm donation, can lead to a large family of half brothers and sisters, as the Victoria Derbyshire programme finds out.

VIDEO: Meeting the Mayfair squatters

A group squatting in a building in London's Mayfair have been ordered to leave the property following a ruling by the High Court.

VIDEO: Why children love the # symbol

Hashtag has been declared "children's word of the year" by the Oxford University Press.

VIDEO: Police recruits get tough in Ukraine

David Stern visited the police academy in Ukraine where new police officers are being trained as part of a major programme of reforms to the service.

VIDEO: Street workout to get SA children fit

South African street workout competitor Smith Mangena is taking the sport back to the townships to keep young people healthy.

A football drama fans could do without

The BBC's North American editor Jon Sopel says Fifa head Sepp Blatter is a known quantity for all the wrong reasons.

Bahrain: Between rebellion and reform

Bahrain seemed to be on the brink of revolution in 2011 - but has that spark now been extinguished, asks Frank Gardner.

Hillary's 'everyday pantsuit tee'

Campaign-themed products aren't limited to bumper stickers and yard signs any more. But is there a secret strategy behind Rand Paul's "filibuster starter pack" and Hillary Clinton's pantsuit t-shirt?

Why the Americans took on Fifa

America doesn't even like football, they say, so why does it want to clean it up for the world?

Android app age ratings grow up

Later this week Google will hand over control of its Play store's Android app ratings to a third-party.

Russian gas industry looks east

Despite sanctions and low prices, Russia's gas industry is in surprisingly good health, not least due to closer ties with China.

Swiss cheese hole origins solved

Scientists say they have discovered why Swiss cheese has holes in it: apparently, it is all down to how dirty buckets are when the milk is collected.

India's Mysore crowns new maharaja

A 23-year-old graduate from the University of Massachusetts is crowned the new maharaja of Mysore, titular head of the 600-year-old Wadiyar dynasty.

Honda, Fiat and BMW in airbag recall

Three major carmakers have expanded recalls of vehicles with faulty Takata airbags.

Ireland votes through Aer Lingus deal

The Republic of Ireland's parliament has approved the sale of the nation's 25% stake in Aer Lingus to British Airways owner, IAG.

North Korean hackers 'could kill'

Pyongyang's hackers are capable of attacks that could destroy critical infrastructure and even kill people, a high-profile defector warns.

Google gives first peek at Android M

Google reveals easier-to-control privacy permissions, greater support for fingerprint sensors and longer battery life in the next version of Android.

BB King honoured with procession

Blues artist BB King has been honoured with a street procession in Memphis a fortnight after his death at the age of 89.

Top Gear car plate complaints rejected

The BBC Trust rejects complaints over Top Gear's Patagonia special, in which a car number plate appeared to refer to the Falklands conflict.

Black hole seen 'playing billiards'

A series of images captures two vast blobs of plasma, shot out by a black hole, cannoning into each other in a nearly light-speed cosmic collision.

Earliest evidence of human violence

A human skull from a deep cave in northern Spain shows evidence of a lethal violent attack 430,000 years ago, a study shows.

Pocket optician 'good as eye charts'

A smartphone app is as effective at testing eyesight as an optician's clinic, a trial suggests.

'Give HIV drugs at diagnosis'

HIV drugs should be given at the moment of diagnosis, according to a major trial that could change the way the disease is treated.

Fifa to vote on Blatter v Prince Ali

The vote to elect Fifa's president takes place on Friday as Prince Ali bin al-Hussein challenges current chief Sepp Blatter.

Murray tested but into third round

Andy Murray beats Portugal's Joao Sousa in four sets to secure his place in the French Open third round.

Who killed Alberto Nisman?

Argentine prosecutor, Alberto Nisman, was found dead in a pool of blood in his bathroom in January - Wyre Davies examines the evidence and asks who might have wanted to kill him?

How did my dad's Uber account get hacked?

Thousands of users of taxi app Uber have reported their accounts being hacked or hijacked. What's going on?

Pussy Galore back in new Bond novel

Pussy Galore is to be reunited with James Bond in an official new 007 novel by Anthony Horowitz.

Iran leader shrine 'too extravagant'

Critics say project goes against late leader's principles.

SA denies organising World Cup bribe

South African officials dismiss US allegations that a $10m (£6.5m) bribe was organised for top Fifa officials in order to host the 2010 World Cup.

Concern over Mers spread in S Korea

Concern is growing in South Korea over the spread of the Mers virus after a man defied quarantine to travel to China.

Frenchwoman jailed for man's torture

A 43-year-old woman who enslaved and abused her ex-boyfriend in her Paris flat for more than a year is jailed for 18 months.

Venezuela and Rosneft agree oil deal

Venezuela and Russian oil giant Rosneft agree to invest $14bn (£9.2) in Venezuela's oil and gas sector, Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro says.

'Ten killed' by Baghdad car bombs

At least 10 people die in twin bomb attacks outside central Baghdad hotels, say Iraqi police

US Gay Head lighthouse moves inland

The Gay Head Lighthouse in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, its being moved inland on Thursday to avoid falling into the Atlantic Ocean.

Rail workers to strike twice in June

Rail workers in the RMT union are to hold 24-hour and 48-hour strikes next month, after rejecting a pay offer from Network Rail.

Galloway to run for London mayor

Controversial former MP George Galloway says he will seek election as the next mayor of London.

Murder weapon discovered in museum

An assault rifle used in seven unsolved murders has been discovered on public display at the Imperial War Museum.

Syria girls have 'contacted family'

Three schoolgirls from London who are feared to have joined Islamic State in Syria have made contact with their families, their lawyer says.

In pictures: Edinburgh Fringe poster contest

Who won? The official poster for the 2015 festival

Eurovision Song Contest: In pictures

Party time at the 60th song contest in Vienna

In pictures: Inside an Indian high court

Rare access - an Indian high court at work

Fish, fruit and veg in S Korea's markets

Ben Weller has been taking pictures of South Korea's markets

Your pictures: Looking in

Readers' images on the theme of looking in

Week in pictures: 16-22 May 2015

From around the world - 16-22 May

In pictures: Women of Hargeisa

Alison Baskerville's photos of women in Somaliland

Toy soldiers at war

The 40 year conflict that remains unresolved

Are more people on the move?

Are more people on the move than ever before?

Great Barrier Reef status at risk

Australia holds its breath as Unesco decides status

Palestinians press Fifa to show Israel red card

Palestinians press Fifa to suspend Israel from football

Muhammadu Buhari's Nigeria to-do list

Can Nigeria's new leader end corruption without a horse whip?

What Australia isn't telling refugees

What Australia isn't telling its unwanted refugees

Pakistan rocked by 'fake degree' scandal

Why a "fake diploma" scandal is shaking Pakistan