British singer Yusuf Islam remains barred from America, as US authorities insist he is still a security threat.

The PEACE TRAIN hitmaker, formerly known as CAT STEVENS, was removed from a London-to-Washington flight in September (04) because of suspected links to terrorists - a claim he has strongly denied.

But months later, US authorities stand by their decision.

Homeland Security Secretary TOM RIDGE says of Islam, "The intelligence is the same. The reasons we rejected him several months ago still exist in my mind."

In November (04), Islam was awarded the MAN FOR PEACE prize in Rome by former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who praised him for charity work and standing by his convictions despite personal hardships.

07/01/2005 20:34