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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 . . .



US mulls putting NK on terror list

The US is considering putting North Korea back on the list of terrorism sponsors, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.

Tunisia holds landmark election

Tunisia, whose 2011 uprising inspired the Arab Spring, holds a presidential run-off with the winner becoming the country's first freely elected leader.

Mother charged with Cairns murders

Australian authorities charge a woman in the northern city of Cairns with the murder of seven of her children and her niece.

Obama condemns killings of NY police

President Obama says "there is no justification" for the shooting dead of two policemen in New York, amid tension over police tactics in the city.

Jordan ends death penalty moratorium

Jordan executes 11 men convicted of murder, ending a eight-year moratorium on the death penalty.

Muhammad Ali down with pneumonia

Former three-time heavyweight champion boxer Muhammad Ali has been taken to hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman says.

Relatives mark Lockerbie anniversary

Relatives of the 270 people who died in the Lockerbie bombing are to attend a memorial service in Washington to mark the 26th anniversary.

'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France

Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic.

Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed

Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says.

Cuba 'will stay on' communist path

Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.

Elton John and David Furnish marry

Musician Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish convert their civil partnership to a marriage, according to a post on the Instagram website.

VIDEO: What is the winter solstice?

In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.

VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem

The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.

VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

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

VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders

Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.

VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'

Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.

VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies

Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.

VIDEO: Spectacular spire climb filmed

Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter.

VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea?

Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz

Xi Jinping and his China Dream

As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".

Distrust hampers Pakistan militant control

The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.

VIDEO: How can a fish be a spy? - in 15 secs

The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside.

VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar

The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.

What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter?

With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?

VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.

Facebook users crack card mystery

Facebook users solve the mystery of a lost memory card in under an hour after an appeal is posted by a police force.

Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia

The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story

Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.

Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager

The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.

VIDEO: The dog with 3D printed legs

BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights.

Ferguson bows out of US talk show

Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years.

Caroline Flack wins Strictly title

Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe.

Antarctic science archive unlocked

Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula.

LA River's flood role is 'paramount'

Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists.

Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'

Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly.

Stem cell scandal scientist resigns

A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned.

Pietersen exclusion is 'ludicrous'

Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden tells the BBC that Kevin Pietersen should be in the England World Cup squad.

Dundee United 2-1 Celtic

Dundee United beat Celtic 2-1 to go second in the Premiership and move to within four points of the league leaders.

How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs

Dublin's pubs are experiencing a new phenomenon - the 12 days of Christmas have turned into the 12 pubs of Christmas... visited all in one night.

Teaching winter to new US refugees

Thousands of refugees arrive in the US each year, and those who end up in chilly Minnesota have to learn about what to expect for their first winter.

Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze

Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.

Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'

Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.

Liberia vote count in Ebola-hit poll

Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away.

Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau

Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.

Russians 'will not cave in' to West

Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.

Colombia Farc truce follows killings

Colombia's Farc begins an indefinite, unilateral ceasefire, hours after the army said that the left-wing rebels had killed five soldiers.

Israel launches Gaza air strike

Israel launches an air strike on an alleged Hamas site in Gaza, in the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.

Plea by parents of Aurora accused

The parents of James Holmes, the man charged with killing 12 and injuring 70 in a 2012 Colorado theatre massacre, have pleaded he be spared the death penalty.

Ambulance wait times 'may increase'

Target times for ambulances to reach some seriously ill patients in England could be lengthened, a document leaked to the BBC shows.

Ken Clarke attacks 'silly' EU debate

Pro-Europeans have got to "organise themselves properly" to defeat the "silly" arguments for leaving the EU, former Tory Chancellor Ken Clarke says.

Be honest on cuts, says Mandelson

Former Business Secretary Lord Mandelson says Labour's shadow cabinet has to "play as a team" and be up front about public spending cuts.

May 'could disband child abuse panel'

The independent panel set up to support the planned public inquiry into historical child abuse could be disbanded, the BBC understands.

Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014

News photo from around the world

Picture power: Doused with milk

Treated for the effects of pepper spray

Day in pictures: 18 December 2014

Images from around the world: 18 December

In pictures: US-Cuban relations

Story of Cuba's relationship with the US

Picture power: Under the dress

Actress America Ferrera red-faced

In pictures: Pakistan school attack aftermath

Families have begun burying their dead

Picture power: A scar on the landscape

Brazil's worst drought in 80 years

Day in pictures: 16 December 2014

Images from around the world: 16 December

What Cuba's new friendship with the US means for everyday life

What Cuba's new pact with the US means for everyday life

10 things we didn't know last week

The NSA had a staff 'Clown Club' and more nuggets from the news

Your pictures of the year 2014

Stunning photos from readers' capture 2014

Voices of grief and determination

Grief and resolution after Taliban school massacre

VIDEO: Fixing bones with a household drill

Safe surgery with a DIY essential

Go Figure: The week in numbers

The week's big numbers, visualised

The family with 34 children - and counting

The family with 34 children - and they're adding two more

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds

The trends of the week in 60 seconds

Why do mornings get darker after 21 December?

Why mornings will keep getting darker after 21 December

Climate of fear in Turkmenistan

Life in one of the world's most repressive states