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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 . . .



Solemn ceremony for MH17 victims

The Netherlands receives the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.

Hamas ties ceasefire to blockade

Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal says there can be no ceasefire in Gaza without an end to Israel's economic blockade, as fighting continues.

Arizona execution takes two hours

US death row inmate Joseph Wood takes almost two hours to die in Arizona's death chamber, and the state governor orders an inquiry.

CAR factions announce ceasefire

Rival armed groups in the Central African Republic sign a ceasefire agreement aimed at ending over a year of religious conflict.

Venezuela opposition leader on trial

The trial begins of one of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, accused of inciting violence during anti-government protests.

Dozens killed in Taiwan plane crash

More than 40 people die when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashes after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.

Ban on flights to Tel Aviv renewed

The suspension of US and European airline flights to Israel's Ben Gurion airport after a nearby rocket attack has been extended for a second day.

Suspected Auschwitz guard dies in US

Johann Breyer, 89, has died awaiting extradition to Germany amid allegations he committed Nazi war crimes during World War Two.

US 'around the world' flier crashes

A US teenager and his father who crashed their plane during an attempt to fly around the world knew the risks, a relative says.

Costa Concordia heads for scrapyard

The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.

S Leone chief Ebola doctor infected

The doctor leading the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone is now being treated for the deadly virus, a statement from the presidency says.

Commonwealth Games begin in Glasgow

The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony takes place at Celtic Park in Glasgow, with events starting on Thursday.

VIDEO: Last journey of Costa Concordia

The BBC's Alan Johnston reports on the journey so far of the wrecked cruise ship Costa Concordia as it is towed to Genoa for scrapping.

VIDEO: Hundreds die in Syria 'deadliest week'

More than 1,700 people have reportedly been killed in seven days as fighting in Syria intensifies.

VIDEO: Mayfly swarm fools radar

Millions of mayflies took to the air in Wisconsin, tricking radar into thinking it was raining

VIDEO: One-minute World News

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

VIDEO: Dozens killed in Taiwan plane crash

More than 40 people were killed when a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed after making a failed emergency landing in Taiwan, local officials say.

VIDEO: Games cyclists find Glasgow bearings

Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon bumps into some of the team from Swaziland on the streets of Glasgow.

VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving

Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.

VIDEO: Drones overhead on streets of Gaza

The United Nations says about 102,000 displaced people are now using shelters across Gaza as the Israeli offensive continues. Those who have stayed are adjusting to the sounds and sights of conflict, as Yolande Knell reports from Gaza.

Indian boy has 232 teeth removed

Doctors in India extract 232 teeth from the mouth of a 17-year-old boy in a seven-hour operation.

Sri Lanka cyclists spotted on motorway

Four members of Sri Lanka's Commonwealth Games team are stopped by police for cycling down a Glasgow motorway.

Facebook reports surge in profits

Social networking firm, Facebook has reported that profits more than doubled in its second quarter on a jump in advertising revenue.

GM recalls 717,949 more vehicles

General Motors is recalling an additional 717,949 vehicles due to a range of issues, including loose bolts and potentially incomplete welding on some seat hooks.

Arrests made after eBay Stubhub thefts

Arrests are made in the UK, US, Canada and Spain after a scam involving e-tickets for Elton John concerts and other shows sold via Stubhub.

Tor creator works to debug dark web

One of the co-creators of Tor says he is working with others to tackle a "bug" that undermines the anonymity offered by the dark web system.

Geldof died of heroin overdose

TV presenter Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose after relapsing from a period of abstinence, a coroner rules.

Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening

The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.

Fur seals feel climate impacts

Changes in the Antarctic climate are showing up in the fur seal population, say scientists who have studied the animals for 30 years on the British Overseas Territory of South Georgia.

Voyage to unlock Arctic secrets

A crew of sailors is embarking on a pioneering citizen science expedition through the Northwest Passage between Canada and Greenland.

Quarantine over China plague death

Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

Glaxo profits fall hits shares

GlaxoSmithKline shares fall 6% as the drugs company's profits are hit by a slide in sales and a bribery investigation in China.

Jamieson and Wiggins eye early golds

Scotland's Michael Jamieson and England's Sir Bradley Wiggins chase gold medals on day one of the Commonwealth Games.

Murray set to keep Mauresmo as coach

Andy Murray is set to continue working with Amelie Mauresmo after his early Wimbledon exit as she joins his training camp in Miami.

The deaths uniting women across the world

After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically.

VIDEO: When Britain ruled India

Anne Wright grew up during the dying days of British rule in India

Somali musician-MP is shot dead

Popular Somali musician and member of parliament Saado Ali Warsame is shot dead by Islamist militants in the capital, Mogadishu.

India MPs 'force-fed' Muslim worker

Both houses of India's parliament are adjourned in uproar after reports that some Hindu MPs tried to forcibly feed a Muslim man fasting for Ramadan.

Bulgarian prime minister resigns

The embattled Socialist prime minister of Bulgaria resigns after only a year in office to allow for an early election on 5 October.

Colombian army kills ELN rebels

The Colombian armed forces kill eight rebels from the left-wing National Liberation Army in an operation in eastern Arauca province.

Protests target Israel football club

Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt a football match in Austria between the Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa, and French team, Lille.

Detroit porch shooting trial opens

A Detroit man feared for his life before he shot an unarmed black woman standing on his porch, his lawyer says at the start of his murder trial.

Warning over NHS trust finances

Nineteen NHS trusts have been referred to ministers after auditors raised concerns about their financial health.

'Risk of debt peril' when rates rise

A "relatively benign" rise in interest rates still has the potential to double the number of households facing debt problems, a think tank has said.

Four suicides at 'crisis' prison

A Nottinghamshire jail where four inmates killed themselves in less than a year is described as a "prison in crisis" in a report.

Paracetamol for back pain questioned

Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say.

Day in pictures: 22 July 2014

24 hours of news photos: 22 July

Prince George's first year

Prince George's first year

In pictures: Royal first birthdays

A long line of royal baby photos

In pictures: One man's HIV campaign

An Indonesian prisoner's campaign against HIV

Day in pictures: 21 July 2014

24 hours of news photos: 21 July

In pictures: India's 'original conservationists'

The 'original conservationists' of India's tree-loving tribe

In pictures: Gaza conflict

Most intense shelling since the launch of Israel's offensive

In pictures: James Garner's career

Career of American actor James Garner, who has died at the age of 86

When time stood still

The story of the watch that survived Hiroshima

Gaza: Hamas seeks to emerge stronger

Why the Palestinian group won't back down yet

Mary, African Queen of netball

Woman who beat "fat" jibes to turn Malawi into netball champions

Santiago rail crash families want answers

Families wait for answers year after Spanish rail disaster

Illegal bottom injections on rise in US

The deadly danger of illegal backstreet buttock injections

Syria deaths mount as world looks on

Fighting continues, as Syria's Assad strengthens his position

VIDEO: Who was that man on the moon?

Why the US public quickly lost interest in lunar exploration

Europeans with an eye on Edinburgh

Who are the Europeans with an eye on the Scottish referendum?

The rise of solo dining

The restaurants that love solo diners

Digesting China's latest food scare

John Sudworth digests China's latest food scandal

Europe's troubles exposed by MH17 crash

MH17 crisis exposes EU's own troubles