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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 . . .



Reporter Peter Greste freed by Egypt

Australian al-Jazeera and ex-BBC journalist Peter Greste is deported from Egypt after 400 days in prison and later arrives to Cyprus.

Greece debt talks 'must help Europe'

Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis says his priority is European well-being, after talks in France on the debt issue.

Jordan vow after hostage beheading

Jordan vows to do all it can to secure the release of a pilot captured by IS, after a video appears to show the beheading of a Japanese hostage.

Kidnapped Libya Opec official found

One of Libya's most senior energy officials, Opec representative Samir Salem Kamal, is released more than two weeks after being kidnapped.

Nigeria 'repels' Boko Haram attack

The Nigerian army says it has repelled a new assault by Boko Haram Islamist militants on the strategic north-eastern city of Maiduguri.

Obama plans tax on overseas profits

US President Barack Obama plans to tax US firms on profits made and cash held overseas, raising funds for a major road-improvement plan in the US.

Djokovic beats Murray in Melbourne

British number one Andy Murray is beaten in four sets as Novak Djokovic wins a fifth Australian Open title.

Protesters back on Hong Kong streets

Pro-democracy protesters return to Hong Kong's streets for the first time since mass demonstrations last year, but their numbers are far lower.

Damascus bus bomb blast kills four

A bomb explodes on a bus in Syria's capital Damascus, killing at least four people and injuring dozens more, activists and media reports say.

Mosque open days to ease 'tensions'

Mosques across the UK have been opened the public later in a bid to "reach out to fellow Britons following tensions around terrorism".

US boy, three, shoots both parents

A three-year-old US boy shoots and injures his mother and father with the same bullet after pulling a gun from her handbag in a New Mexico motel.

Ghana 3-0 Guinea

Ghana ease into their fifth consecutive Africa Cup of Nations semi-final by comfortably beating Guinea in Malabo.

VIDEO: Music's role in surviving Holocaust

A service at Westminster Abbey on Sunday will honour work written by prisoners during the Holocaust - and the role that music played in helping some survive

VIDEO: Bollywood star 'succumbed' to twitter

Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan says that he has "succumbed" to social media as a way to connect with his fans and well-wishers.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

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

VIDEO: Tech review: This week's headlines

Drone maker introduces no-fly zones in the US, plus other technology news

VIDEO: Guitar 'that changed world' up for auction

A pioneering Gibson Les Paul Custom guitar, the Black Beauty, is to be auctioned in New York in February.

VIDEO: Tattoo expo: What is 'body modification'?

A look at different types of "body modification" as tattoo artists from around the world gather in Caracas for the 2015 Venezuela Tattoo Expo this weekend.

VIDEO: Afghan cricket team heads to World Cup

The Afghan cricket team, which is less than two years old, is on its way to Australia to play in their first World Cup.

AUDIO: 'I lost £18m lottery win by 7 seconds'

A Canadian man has lost a seven-year legal battle to claim half of a C$27m (£18m) lottery jackpot after the Supreme Court ruled he had bought the winning ticket a few seconds too late for it to qualify.

Is it extreme to make universities combat extremists?

Critics fear new legislation to clamp down on extremism at universities is an attack on democratic freedom, says Dominic Casciani.

Greece: The dangerous game

The BBC's Europe editor Gavin Hewitt says European officials and governments are much more anxious about the Greek drama than they are letting on.

Traumatic times for Jordan pilot's family

Jordan is rallying around the family of captured pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh, held for more than 40 days by Islamic State jihadists, Yolande Knell reports.

Letter from Africa: Giving Kenyans a voice

In our series of letters from African journalists, Joseph Warungu, the presenter of a BBC debate programme on governance in Kenya, reflects on what he has learned in nearly three years travelling around the country.

Patients 'back three-person babies"

The head of a team of scientists behind a technique to create "three-person babies" - preventing mitochondrial disease - tells the BBC why MPs should allow it.

Islamic State eyes al-Qaeda lands

The Islamic State group is forging links with militants across North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, challenging its al-Qaeda rivals.

VIDEO: China's record car numbers explained

As car ownership reaches record levels in China, BBC News looks at the numbers - and the impact.

Profile: Sinai Province militant group

Sinai Province is a militant group that has pledged allegiance to Islamic State and carried out a string of deadly attacks in Egypt's Sinai peninsula.

Sears in 'Explicit Content' T-shirt

Andy Murray's fiancee Kim Sears makes light of her outburst by wearing a cheeky T-shirt at the Australian Open final.

Balloonists complete Pacific journey

Two pilots in a helium balloon complete their Pacific crossing with a sea-landing off Mexico, setting two new milestones on a six-day trip.

Oil summit to hear pleas for action

An oil industry body is to call for "meaningful action" from government at a summit to help tackle challenges facing North Sea operators.

VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines

The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

Nokia name row with London start-up

Nokia has threatened legal action against a UK start-up over the use of the word "HERE".

Google agrees privacy policy changes

The firm will roll out a single, rewritten privacy policy across Europe after coming under fire across the continent.

Whitney daughter's condition unknown

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late US singer Whitney Houston, is in hospital in an unknown condition after being found unresponsive in a bath.

Suge Knight held over LA death

Death Row Records founder Suge Knight is being held on a murder charge by police after a fatal hit-and-run incident in Los Angeles.

Controllers banking on Philae wake-up

The European Space Agency says it will conduct no more dedicated searches for its lost comet lander, and will now wait for the probe itself to call home.

Study fells cosmic inflation claim

Scientists who claimed to have found direct evidence for a cosmic super-expansion at the Big Bang made no such discovery, a soon-to-be published study will say.

Child obesity rates 'levelling off'

The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.

Bedtime 'has huge impact on sport'

Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold.

Ivory Coast 3-1 Algeria

New Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony scores twice to take Ivory Coast into the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

Murray 'melted down' in final - Cash

Andy Murray needs "a good, hard look in the mirror" after his Australian Open final defeat, says former finalist Pat Cash.

Ireland's heroine who had sex in her baby's tomb

Maud Gonne's grief over a child whose death at the age of two, inspired an unpublished poem by W B Yeats.

The huddled masses besieging Fortress Calais

Growing numbers of migrants are descending on Calais in northern France in the hope of reaching Britain - but they end up in makeshift camps with little hope of a better life.

Venezuela 'US reporter' ad dropped

Venezuelan TV withdraws a tourism advert which features an image of a US reporter detained while covering the 2013 elections.

Suu Kyi's gate to be sold at auction

The metal gate of Nobel prize-winning Burmese politician Aung San Suu Kyi's house is to be auctioned, with a starting price of $200,000.

S Sudan foes agree to end conflict

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and rebel commander Riek Machar sign a deal, committing to end a conflict that has devastated the country.

Abbott pledge after Queensland rout

Australian PM Tony Abbott vows he will learn the lessons of an election rout in Queensland but insists government is not a "popularity contest".

Crowds flock to leftist Madrid rally

Tens of thousands of people attend a rally in central Madrid by radical leftists Podemos, as they look to build on Syriza's recent victory in Greece.

Chile proposes to end abortion ban

Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announces plans to end a total ban on abortions in the predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Bahrain strips 72 of citizenship

The government of Bahrain revokes the nationalities of 72 citizens for damaging national security, the state BNA news agency has reported.

New Jersey governor begins UK visit

New Jersey's Governor and US Republican presidential hopeful Chris Christie will start a three-day visit to Britain and is due to meet PM David Cameron.

Pupils 'must know times tables by 11'

All children in England will be expected to know up to their 12 times table when they leave primary school under plans announced by the education secretary.

Man scattering ashes swept into sea

A 51-year-old man is missing after being swept out to sea while scattering his sister's ashes in North Cornwall.

Fundraiser meets mugging victim

A woman who set up a fundraising page for a man who was mugged outside his home meets the victim as donations top £250,000.

Prison 'book ban' rule relaxed

A rule that stopped inmates receiving books in prison is relaxed - with books now allowed via four "approved retailers".

Week in pictures: 24-30 January 2015

News photos from around the world

In pictures: Destruction in Kobane

Devastation caused by fighting in Syrian town

Day in pictures: 30 January 2015

Images from around the world: 30 January

At the pump

Petrol stations around the world

In pictures: UK snow 29 January 2015

Pictures from around the country

Your pictures: City skylines

Readers' photos on the theme of "city skylines"

Day in pictures: 28 January 2015

Images from around the world: 28 January

Shetland celebrates Up Helly Aa

Shetland's spectacular annual re festival

The Swedish Schindler who disappeared

The man who saved thousands of Jews then disappeared

The great Kuwaiti cat-meat scandal

The great Kuwaiti cat-meat scandal

Japan hostage killing: Critical test for PM Abe

Japan PM Abe under pressure after hostage killing by IS

VIDEO: How important is the Super Bowl?

Why is the American sports game so big?

Sink or Swim? The global drowning crisis

Playpens to drones - new ideas to reduce deaths by drowning

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds

Round-up of social media trends around the world this week

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

Some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week

Does technology make people touch each other less?

Does technology make people touch each other less?

Go Figure: The week in numbers

The big numbers from the week's news, visualised