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Singer is honoured by university
Yusuf Islam
Yusuf Islam called for a better disaster response system
Former pop star Yusuf Islam, previously known as Cat Stevens, has been awarded an honorary doctorate of philosophy.

The singer, who had a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, received the award from the University of Gloucestershire.

After the ceremony, he criticised the humanitarian response to the recent earthquake in South Asia and said the aid effort should have been greater.

Receiving his award, Mr Islam said: "This is a symbol of the inclusivity of which this country can be so proud."

'Christian principles'

Speaking afterwards about the earthquake, he added: "There should have been more of a response in regards to the need for helicopters and other transport systems to deliver the aid, but nobody was ready for it.

"That is perhaps an indictment on most countries of the world.

"Why isn't there more of a ready, rapid, response force which governments can take part in to help?"

Lord Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury and chancellor of the University of Gloucestershire, said of the awards: "This university was founded on Christian principles and we are honoured and delighted at the presence of Islam in our university community."


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