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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 . . .



Ukrainian forces 'regain city hall'

The Ukrainian government says it has won back control of the city hall in the eastern port of Mariupol from pro-Russian separatists.

Japan pact 'covers disputed islands'

US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.

Korea ferry disaster school reopens

The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week starts to hold classes again.

Foreigners killed in Kabul attack

Three foreign medical staff are shot dead by a security guard at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.

Ecclestone trial to begin in Germany

Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone goes on trial on bribery charges in the German city of Munich, and could face 10 years in jail if convicted.

Modi in Varanasi as Indians vote

Narendra Modi, the politician many expect to be India's next leader, is set to submit his election nomination papers as Indians vote in the sixth phase of their poll.

Ban blames all Syria sides over aid

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accuses all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid.

Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads

Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.

China releases Japanese cargo ship

China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.

Canada to drop 'flawed' rail tankers

Canada says it will phase out the type of rail tankers involved in the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic last July.

Debris dismissed in plane search

Authorities in Australia say material washed ashore is not related to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane.

Oldest baseball player dies aged 102

The oldest former player with Major League Baseball, Cuba's Conrado "Connie" Marrero, has died at home in Havana aged 102.

VIDEO: Calm returns to Rio favela after riots

The BBC's Wyre Davies visits the Pavaozinho complex the day after riots broke out following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police.

VIDEO: Andy Murray in tears at Stirling award

Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling in a ceremony which made the Wimbledon champion break down in tears.

VIDEO: Can Obama perfect the Japanese bow?

President Obama is under pressure to perfect his Japanese etiquette during his official tour of the country.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

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

VIDEO: 'We just want to live normally'

The BBC meets a pro-Russian family living in a rural area of Ukraine, who say their support for Moscow does not mean they are separatists.

VIDEO: Upcycling: Ethical way to do fashion

There is a drive to get us to be more ethical when it comes to buying clothes - and it involves spending less and recycling more.

AUDIO: Led Zep reveal Keys to the Highway track

Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin have released two previously unheard recordings ahead of the reissue of the band's first three albums in June.

VIDEO: DJ Duke: Will and Kate hit the decks

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have been taught how to DJ, during the latest leg of their royal tour of Australia.

Binge drinking 'link to overeating'

Drinking more than three large glasses of wine can push people over a "tipping point", meaning they consume about 6,300 extra calories in the following 24 hours, research says.

Jodie Foster marries girlfriend

US actress Jodie Foster marries her girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, the actress's representative confirms.

Apple profits beat expectations

Technology giant Apple plans a share buyback after it reports profits of $10.2bn, selling a more than 43 million iPhones in the second quarter of 2014.

South Korea growth beats forecasts

South Korea's economy grows more than forecast in the first quarter, helped by a jump in construction and exports.

A new kind of tech bubble

Scientists at Bristol University are bringing bubbles and technology together in unexpected - and potentially profitable - ways.

VIDEO: Actress writes her own happy ending

A woman pioneer in the digital space talks about using technology to create acting opportunities that wouldn't otherwise exist.

Justin Bieber's Miami trial delayed

A judge in Miami-Dade County grants a request from Bieber's lawyers to postpone the case until July.

Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work

Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.

Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed'

A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.

Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved

The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.

Cancer teen hits £1m charity target

A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises more than £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.

Worries over young wanting surgery

Plastic surgeons say they're worried about the number of young people who want cosmetic procedures.

Robben surprised by Real's approach

Bayern Munich's Arjen Robben is surprised by Real Madrid's cautious approach in their 1-0 Champions League semi-final first-leg win.

Why Palestinians love St George

As England celebrates the day of its patron saint, many Palestinians are gearing up for their own celebrations of this shared hero.

The man who takes troubled youths to therapy camp

As more and more families send their drug and alcohol-addicted kids to therapeutic wilderness camps in the US, more and more become acquainted with the shadowy figure known as the "escort."

S Sudan president sacks army chief

South Sudan's president sacks the head of the national army amid reports of military setbacks - including rebels seizing the oil hub of Bentiu.

Everest Sherpas discuss boycott

Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 of their colleagues.

Turkey: Armenia killings 'inhumane'

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan offers condolences for the first time for the mass killings of Armenians under Ottoman rule during WWI.

Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes

Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police.

Hamas and Fatah declare end to rift

Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas announce a reconciliation deal, saying they will seek to form a unity government in the coming weeks.

US troops in Poland for exercises

A first contingent of US troops arrives in Poland for military exercises amid heightened tensions with Russia over Ukraine.

Police make Syria plea to UK women

British counter-terrorism police chiefs make an unprecedented appeal to Muslim women to persuade their relatives against travelling to Syria to fight in the civil war.

Labour to cut ties with Co-op Bank

The Labour Party is looking to sever its links with the troubled Co-op Bank, bringing to an end one of the oldest political partnerships in the UK.

Care needs to 'outstrip' family help

The number of older people in England needing care will "outstrip" the number of family members able to provide it by 2017, a think tank warns.

Woman held over children's deaths

Police continue to question a 42-year-old woman suspected of murdering three of her children in south-west London.

Day in pictures: 23 April 2014

News photos from past 24 hours: 23 April

In pictures: divers search South Korea ferry

Divers search South Korea ferry

In pictures: Rural murals

Huge murals in Dumfries and Galloway

In pictures: Garcia Marquez tributes

Memorials Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Day in pictures: 22 April 2014

News photos from past 24 hours: 22 April

In pictures: Easter celebrations

Christians mark Easter Sunday

Day in pictures: 21 April 2014

News photos from past 24 hours: 21 April

Week in pictures: 12-18 April 2014

News photographs from around the world

How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the US

How Mexican mothers identify sons lost on the trek to the US

Shakespeare's birds cause US trouble

How European Starlings invaded America

'I survived the Bangladesh factory collapse'

Survivors recall Rana Plaza disaster one year on

A tale of two Europes

Hamburg's experience versus Marseille's ahead of EU polls

Afghan notebook: First timers

Can young Afghans make their vote count?

Forget Silicon Valley, meet Silicon Bali

Firms ditching the US and Europe for tropical paradise

I caught Ebola in Guinea and survived

Survivor's happiness to be alive, but fears being stigmatised

Is London safe?

Hashtag undermines city's reputation

VIDEO: The heroic all-black regiment of WW1

Legendary all-black unit that never lost a man in WW1 trenches

The real story of Frank Sidebottom

How a cult comic character inspired a major new film

Astrotourism skyrockets in Chile

Why tourists are flocking to Chile's observatories

Fear and mistrust in Rio's favelas

Rio's shanty town dwellers scared of retribution, says Wyre Davies

Scepticism over Hamas and Fatah reconciliation deal

Can Hamas-Fatah reconciliation deal last? asks Yolande Knell