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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 . . .



Israel and Hamas agree new truce

Israel and Hamas agree to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire to begin on Friday morning, after 24 days of fighting between the two sides.

Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 24

A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 24 people and injures about 270 others.

Sudan 'apostasy' woman arrives in US

A woman who fled Sudan after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US state of New Hampshire to start a new life.

Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse'

A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states.

Ebola victim heads to US hospital

A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa.

US ex-governor's wife 'sought gifts'

The star witness in the corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell says the ex-first lady sought gifts in return for business help.

China manufacturing growth speeds up

China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising.

Forensic scientists reach MH17 site

International forensic scientists reach the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halts military operations for a day.

Argentina blames US for debt default

Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".

Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies

Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92.

Giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge'

South Africa's animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that reportedly hit its head on a bridge as it was being transported on a motorway.

VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen

A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.

VIDEO: Mysterious miracle? Crop circle draws crowds

A giant crop circle which apparently appeared out of nowhere, has drawn crowds of people to a farmer's field in Bavaria, southern Germany.

VIDEO: Underwater art exhibition in Italy

An exhibition of photographs is taking place underwater off an Italian island.

VIDEO: One-minute World News

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

VIDEO: The rise and rise of video blogs

Members of the 'millennial generation' are finding ways to earn a living from skills they learned not at school, but on social media.

VIDEO: Louvre rat infestation shocks tourists

The Louvre in Paris has called in pest controllers after an infestation of rats was spotted in the gallery's gardens.

VIDEO: Star Wars comes to County Kerry

Residents and tourists in Portmagee, County Kerry, are getting a taste of Hollywood as scenes for the new Star Wars film are shot on nearby island Skellig Michael.

VIDEO: The challenge of tackling Ebola

Scientists have been aware of Ebola since the mid-1970s, but so far no vaccine or cure has been developed.

Goalkeepers' penalty 'flaw' revealed

Goalkeepers in penalty shoot-outs make a predictable error that could influence the outcome of the game according to new research.

'Tolkien's tree' to get the chop

A 215-year-old tree thought to have inspired JRR Tolkien during the author's time in Oxford is to be chopped down after two of its branches fell off.

WTO fails to seal global trade deal

The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.

Tesla and Panasonic to build factory

Electric carmaker Tesla is to team up with Japanese electronics firm Panasonic to build a battery manufacturing plant in the US.

Israeli Iron Dome firms 'hacked'

The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole secret military documents from two Israeli government-owned companies.

'Draconian' Russian net law enacted

A new law imposing restrictions on bloggers and social media users has come into effect in Russia.

Met Opera in late union talks

The Metropolitan Opera in New York says it hopes last minute negotiations with unions over a pay dispute will avoid a staff lockout.

Israeli show cancelled after protest

An Israeli show at the Edinburgh Fringe is cancelled after only one performance following a protest by a pro-Palestinian group.

Dinosaurs 'shrank' to become birds

Huge meat-eating, land-living dinosaurs evolved into birds by constantly shrinking for over 50 million years, new research shows.

Minister wants end to animal testing

Norman Baker - the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments - tells the BBC he wants them to end.

WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola

The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan.

DNA project 'to make UK world leader'

A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.

Cook relieved by England victory

Captain Alastair Cook is pleased that England's win in the third Test against India has ended a bad run of form.

Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold

Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold.

American Vogue's first black cover girl

Beverly Johnson was told she would never be on the cover of Vogue - but she made history when she became the first black model to do just that.

How do you get your face on the dollar?

The US is debating putting a woman's face on the US dollar. How does it happen?

Senegal corruption trial 'political'

The flamboyant son of Senegal's ex-President Abdoulaye Wade calls himself a "political prisoner" during a first appearance at his corruption trial.

Race to find India landslide missing

Rescuers in western India race to locate survivors of a landslide that has killed at least 30 and buried up to 200 people, but hopes of finding survivors fade as time passes.

Nato 'unprepared for Russia threat'

Nato is poorly prepared for an attack on a member state by Russia, a group of MPs warns in a report.

Mexico migrants' train deal reached

The US, Mexico and Guatemala will establish more checkpoints along the route of a freight train to prevent migrants from boarding it, Guatemala says.

Filipinos urged to leave Libya

A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped.

Police urged to carry drugs antidote

US Attorney General Eric Holder has urged federal law enforcement agencies to equip some of their officers with the heroin overdose antidote Naloxone.

Whistle-blowers often victimised - MPs

The treatment of employees in public services who raise concerns about wrongdoing is often "shocking", a group of MPs says.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins

Thousands of performers from across the world are in Edinburgh for the start of the world's biggest arts festival.

Appeal over CBBC actor's killing

Police hunting for a man wanted over the stabbing of a children's TV actor offer a £10,000 reward for information leading to his arrest and prosecution.

Exam body to check 'extra help' data

The exams regulator Ofqual is to collect information on how many private school students receive extra time in exams, compared with state pupils.

Week in pictures: 19-25 July 2014

News photos from around the world

A community's tales

Sound-portraits of the residents of Carrick-on-Suir

Day in pictures: 25 July 2014

24 hours of news photos: 25 July

'Hidden' photos reveal library build

'Hidden' images reveal Cambridge's University Library

Your pictures: Cycling

Readers' photos on the theme of "cycling"

Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas

Concept designs by famous manufacturers on show in US

Taiwan plane crash: In pictures

TransAsia Airways plane crashes in Taiwan

Prince George's first year

Prince George's first year

America's 'inexorably' botched executions

America's long history of executions that go wrong

The 'Flying Sikh' who won India's first Commonwealth gold

How an unknown runner won India's first Commonwealth gold

Bling for Indonesia's new mega-rich

Wealth and growing inequality in Indonesian capital Jakarta

Ukraine crisis creates UK tensions

Ukraine crisis creating high-level UK tensions

World War One battlefields 100 years on

World War One battlefields, 100 years on

Is India's construction boom behind Pune village landslide?

Is India's construction boom behind Pune village landslide?

VIDEO: Who are the children fleeing to the US border?

Who are the children ending up at the US border?

Broods: New Zealand's next pop export

Meet New Zealand's next big musical exports

Quiz of the week's news

Which Star Wars character was banned from a passport?

Poles eat apples to annoy Putin

Why Poles are eating apples to annoy Putin

Kenyan unity lessons for Afghan rivals

Raila Odinga's advice to feuding Afghan rivals

CAR crisis: 'Lame-duck' president?

CAR's leader faces a tough battle to unite a divided country