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A barricade burns during a protest in Santiago, Chile, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images

Protestors clashed with riot police in Santiago, Chile on Friday after four months of sustained protests against the government initially sparked by grievances over metro fare pricing and the national cost of living.

The big picture: Chile has the greatest level of income inequality among all countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Wall Street Journal reports. Chileans have cited education and health care costs as especially cumbersome.

Demonstrators protest in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators protest in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators protest in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
A Chilean riot policeman draws a weapon at protestors in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators burn a barricade in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Rescue volunteers carry a demonstrator on a stretcher in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
A protestor throws a tear gas canister back at riot police in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Demonstrators light a fire in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Martin Bernetti/AFP via Getty Images
Protestors use lasers to distract or obstruct riot police and their equipment in Santiago, Feb. 21. Photo: Marcelo Hernandez/Getty Images

Go deeper: Chile's grim economic outlook

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: Nursing homes are still getting pummeledU.S. could hit herd immunity by end of summer 2021 if Americans embrace virus vaccines, Fauci says.
  2. Politics: Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework.
  3. World: U.K. clears Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for mass rollout — Putin says Russia will begin large-scale vaccination next week.
  4. Business: Investors are finally starting to take their money out of safe-haven Treasuries.
  5. Sports: The end of COVID’s grip on sports may be in sight.

Pelosi, Schumer call on McConnell to adopt bipartisan $900B stimulus framework

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Nov. 20. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to use a $908 billion bipartisan coronavirus relief framework as a basis for jumpstarting negotiations.

Why it matters: The framework, introduced by a group of bipartisan senators on Tuesday, calls for significantly less funding than Pelosi had previously demanded — a sign that Democrats are ready to further compromise as millions of Americans endure economic hardship.

Scoop: Uber in talks to sell air taxi business to Joby

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Uber is in advanced talks to sell its Uber Elevate unit to Joby Aviation, Axios has learned from multiple sources. A deal could be announced later this month.

Between the lines: Uber Elevate was formed to develop a network of self-driving air taxis, but to date has been most notable for its annual conference devoted to the nascent industry.