Ex-Leader of Burkina Faso Convicted in Killing of Predecessor

A military tribunal sentenced former President Blaise Compaoré, who is now in exile, to life imprisonment for his role in the 1987 killing of Thomas Sankara.

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Assassinated in His Prime, an Iconic African Leader Haunts a Trial and His Country

Thirty-five years after the killing of President Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso, his supporters hope for justice. But the full truth about the murder, including any foreign role, is elusive.

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Who Killed Thomas Sankara? Trial Opens, 34 Years After His Death.

The president of the West African nation of Burkina Faso, an anticolonial leader celebrated across the continent, was assassinated in 1987. Now 14 men, including the president who took his place, are on trial.

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When the Soldiers Meant to Protect You Instead Come to Kill

Extremists and vigilantes are killing civilians in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, but so are soldiers, sowing fear and suspicion in a country that had once prided itself on its strong social fabric. We traveled to the country’s volatile far north to investigate the abuses.

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