British singer Yusuf Islam is being honoured by former USSR leader MIKHAIL GORBACHEV with the MAN OF PEACE award.

The star, formerly known as CAT STEVENS, will accept the accolade for his work promoting world peace in a ceremony on Wednesday (10NOV04) in Rome, Italy.

THE GORBACHEV FOUNDATION choose "a distinguished personage of culture and entertainment for peace messages, fraternity and integration between nations" annually for the award.

Islam hit the headlines in September (04) when he was refused entry to the US on "national security grounds".

The devout Muslim singer, who converted to Islam in 1977, was horrified and has launched legal proceedings against immigration authorities.

09/11/2004 17:34