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Drug cartel's truce for Pope's visit

BANNERS purportedly signed by one of Mexico's drug cartels and hung in Guanajuato promise there will be no violence during next weekend's visit to the state by Pope Benedict XVI.

At least 11 banners signed by The Knights Templar gang were found in five areas, including the city of Leon, where the Pope begins his trip on Friday, an official at the state Attorney General's Office said. He said the banners carried messages about "a sort of truce for peace".