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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 . . .



Doubts on Iran deal as deadline looms

Doubts grow that Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear programme will be met at talks in Vienna, as negotiators admit "big gaps" remain.

Tunisia in landmark presidency poll

Tunisians vote in the country's first presidential election since the 2011 "Arab Spring" revolution that triggered uprisings across the region.

India tea workers kill boss over pay

Workers at a tea plantation in eastern India beat and stab the owner to death in a row over pay arrears.

Palestinian man shot dead in Gaza

A Palestinian man in Gaza is shot and killed by Israeli troops, local health officials say, the first such death since a 50-day summer conflict.

Afghan MPs approve security pact

The lower house of the Afghan parliament approves a security agreement allowing US and Nato troops to remain in the country.

Ex-Washington Mayor Marion Barry dies

Marion Barry, a four-term Democratic mayor of Washington DC mayor who won re-election after a drug arrest, dies at 78.

UK 'unlikely to meet' migration target

EU migration has blown the government "off course" on meeting its target of cutting net migration to below 100,000, the home secretary says.

Kenya bus gunmen 'want religious war'

The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is an attempt to start a religious war, an adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta tells the BBC.

Flood warnings for US snowmelt

Snowfall in the north-eastern US subsides, but there are now warnings of serious flooding from melting snow as temperatures rise.

Philippines remembers 2009 massacre

The Philippines marks the fifth anniversary of its worst political massacre, as Amnesty warns the trials risk becoming "a mockery of justice".

New web data powers plan for police

A law forcing communications firms to keep details that could help identify criminals using the internet is being planned by the home secretary.

VIDEO: Understanding autism: Living in a box

Shop worker Hayley Bicker wanted to raise awareness on autism after feeling shocked at people's reaction to an autistic child in a supermarket

VIDEO: Street pole-dancing in Buenos Aires

Pole-dancers have been practising in the streets in Buenos Aires ahead of the South American Pole-Dancing Championships, which start on Saturday.

VIDEO: Dizzy world of aerobatic flying

Mike Bushell has been to visit one British couple who will be going for gold in a motorsport event taking place 600m above earth - aerobatics

VIDEO: One-minute World News

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

VIDEO: Ukraine uprising: One year on

Services have been held in Ukraine to mark the anniversary of the mass protests which sparked the downfall of former president Viktor Yanukovych.

VIDEO: £3bn to fix crumbling Westminster

Taxpayers may have to spend more than £3bn to stop the Palace of Westminster turning into an unusable "ruin", the BBC has learned.

VIDEO: 100-year-old sees ocean for first time

The moment a 100-year-old American woman, Ruby Holt, sees the ocean for the first time.

VIDEO: YouTube studios for internet stars

YouTube is investing millions of dollars to set up professional studios which are free to use for anyone who has at least five thousand subscribers.

Military force: Not the way to win?

The nature of war has changed, says Jonathan Marcus, and military might is no longer a guarantee of success.

Did Obama deliver for Hispanics?

President Obama's immigration speech was a long-awaited moments for the United States' large Hispanic community. But it's what comes next that will matter most.

Who will be Tunisia's next president?

Tunisians go to the polls on 23 November to choose a new leader in what is hoped to be the first genuinely free presidential election in the country's history. The BBC explains the background to the election.

Bahrain: Will polls fuel unrest?

The people of the island kingdom of Bahrain go to the polls on 22 November in the first general election since the Arab Spring protests of 2011.

VIDEO: Ferguson decision: A timeline of events

Protesters and police in Ferguson are all part of a tense waiting game, wondering if a police officer will be indicted for the death of Michael Brown. A look at the events that lead to these circumstances

Albania opens huge Cold War bunker

A secret five-storey bunker that Albania's communist regime built in the 1970s to survive a nuclear bomb opens to the public for the first time.

'Hitler' painting fetches $161,000

A watercolour thought to be painted by Adolf Hitler sells at an auction in Nuremberg, Germany, for 130,000 euros (£103,000; $161,000).

US stocks boosted by China rate cut

US stocks close at yet another record high after China announced a surprise rate cut and the head of the European Central Bank hinted at further stimulus action.

Aereo files for bankruptcy protection

Aereo, the TV streaming upstart meant to take on US cable firms, files for bankruptcy protection after a Supreme Court decision threw the company's legality into doubt.

Police make computer hijack arrests

Fifteen people have been arrested, including four in the UK, in connection with the hijacking of computers.

Google tries ad-free net experiment

Search giant Google has unveiled an experiment that lets people pay to visit sites rather than see adverts.

O'Keeffe work sets female art record

A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist.

Cosby carries on with one-man show

US entertainer Bill Cosby presses on with a series of comic engagements despite mounting allegations that he sexually assaulted a number of women.

Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge

Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change.

Embrace the arts, engineers told

Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession.

Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO

The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says.

Female bosses 'more depressed'

Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US.

Stenson retains World Tour Championship

Sweden's Henrik Stenson retains his DP World Tour Championship title, finishing two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy.

Messi will leave 'unreachable' record

Lionel Messi's Spanish goalscoring record will never be beaten, according to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique.

Is winning 100 caps still a big deal?

Wayne Rooney recently became the ninth English footballer to win 100 caps but is it easier to do this now than it was a generation ago?

Monsieur Romieu - a 'man of talents'

At a time of international conflict two centuries ago, did Britain assassinate an enemy agent while the world was looking the other way?

Police in toastie mercy dash

Officers in New Zealand come to the rescue of a distressed woman who hadn't eaten for three days.

Writing lessons give way to typing

Finnish students will no longer be taught joined-up handwriting, and will get typing lessons instead.

Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40

An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected dozens of others, the World Health Organization says.

US 'to expand' Afghan combat role

US troops in Afghanistan will have a broader role than initially planned next year, as their combat mission draws to a close, US officials say.

West 'seeks Russia regime change'

Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.

Colombia general 'free next week'

Colombia's Farc rebels will release five captives, including Gen Ruben Dario Alzate, next week, President Juan Manuel Santos says.

Iraq troops battle IS in Ramadi

Iraq's army launches an operation to retake parts of Ramadi in Anbar province, a major city largely controlled by Islamic State militants.

Brown's father urges calm in Ferguson

The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for peace ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer.

'Up to five' terror plots stopped

Four or five terror plots have been prevented this year, compared to on average one a year in recent years, the Met commissioner says.

Charing Cross closed after fire

London's Charing Cross Station is closed and trains in the capital are disrupted after a fire on a train.

Hamilton eyes 'biggest day of life'

Lewis Hamilton says Sunday's title showdown with Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi will be "the biggest day of my life".

Pier crash bin lorry driver dies

A bin lorry driver dies after being crushed by his own truck when he tried to stop it rolling out of a car park in South Queensferry.

Week in pictures: 15-21 November 2014

The best news photos from around the world

Day in pictures: 21 November 2014

24 hours of news images: 21 November

In pictures: Snow chaos in north-eastern US

Snowstorm hits north-east of the United States

Picture power: Bird flu

The story behind the picture

In pictures: Mike Nichols films

A glimpse at the work of film director Mike Nichols

Day in pictures: 20 November 2014

24 hours of news images: 20 November

In pictures: Scarcity and Waste

Finalists of Syngenta Photography Award

Children's art in Iraqi Kurdistan

Expressions of hope through art in Iraq

Jerusalem's 800-year-old Indian hospice

The retreat that has hosted Indian pilgrims since the Crusades

The parents refusing to vaccinate their children against polio

Parents who refuse to vaccinate their children against polio

Journey through the Ebola heartland

On a journey charting the impact of the disease

The meaning of Mongol

What is the real meaning of Mongol?

The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

The writer who foresaw the rise of the totalitarian state

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas

The day her family wasn't there

My family was deported while I was at school

Weekendish: The best of the week's reads

The best reads you need to catch up on

VIDEO: Trends of the week - in 60 seconds

Trends of the week in 60 seconds

Your pictures: Movement

Readers' photos on the theme of 'movement'

VIDEO: Ferguson protests inspire local artist

US artist inspired by Ferguson anger at Michael Brown killing