Members of the SWAT team prepare to assault the tourist bus seized by dismissed police officer Rolando Mendoza on Aug. 23 at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines. Police stormed the bus after shots were heard from the hostage-taker of 15 Chinese tourists and at least four of the hostages crawled out of the back door. Pat Roque/AP
Former police officer Rolando Mendoza looks out of a window of a bus carrying tourist hostages at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. The disgruntled ex-policeman armed with an automatic rifle was holding 15 people, including tourists from Hong Kong, hostage on a bus in downtown Manila on Monday, demanding his reinstatement to the force. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
A tourist bus sits parked in front of the Quirino Grandstand during a hostage standoff at Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. Rolando Mendoza, a dismissed policeman armed with automatic rifle, seized the bus in Manila with mostly Hong Kong tourists in a bid to demand reinstatement, police said. Bullit Marquez/AP
A hostage negotiator brings food to the hostages during a standoff at Manila's Rizal Park, in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. Bullit Marquez/AP
Demands are posted on the bus window during the hostage crisis aboard a tourist bus at Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. Erik de Castro/Reuters
Hostage negotiators (l. and r.) talk to foreign tourists taken hostage by Police Senior Inspector Rolando Mendoza after securing their release at Manila's Rizal Park, in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. Bullit Marquez/AP
Hong Thai Travel Services Ltd. General Manager Susanna Lau (r.) speaks to the media in Hong Kong on Aug. 23 after a bus with mostly Hong Kong tourists was taken hostage by a former policeman in Manila, Philippines. Kin Cheung/AP
A policeman takes up a position behind the bus containing passengers who have been taken hostage by a former policeman near Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Police and SWAT members prepare to assault a tourist bus to rescue hostages at Manila's Rizal Park, in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. Bullit Marquez/AP
Police and SWAT members secure the scene following an assault on a tourist bus with foreign tourists taken hostage by a dismissed police officer at Manila's Rizal Park, in Manila, Philippines, on Aug. 23. Bullit Marquez/AP
A hostage is helped out by the police using the emergency door of a tourist bus that was taken over by a former police officer on Aug. 23. Philippine police shot and killed a former policeman who was holding 15 Hong Kong tourists aboard a bus. Romeo Ranoco/Reuters
Philippine police rescue a hostage inside the tourist bus which was taken over by a former police officer in Manila on Aug. 23. Erik de Castro/Reuters
French President Francois Hollande said Saturday France will boost the number of troops in Central African Republic to 1,600 as Muslim-Christian violence continues.
Emmanuel Braun, Reuters /
December 7, 2013
France will increase its troop deployment in Central African Republic to 1,600 soldiers by Saturday evening, French President Francois Hollande said, as it steps up efforts to curb a wave of violence in its former colony.