>> In an escalating showdown with American allies Saudi Arabia, the US Senate on Tuesday unanimously passing a bill allowing victims of the 9/11 attacks to sue the Saudis for damages. The high-stakes vote throwing a new spotlight on allegations that 9/11 attackers, most of them Saudis had help from inside the country.
That case, said to be laid out in a redacted section of a congressional 9/11 report that sited some evidence of a Saudi connection. The bill would allow suits against foreign countries implicated in terror attacks on American soil. Even before the vote, Saudi Arabia reacting to the bill with outrage.
Threatening to sell off $750 billion in US assets, if it passed. The growing dispute placing new strains on a relationship already frayed by last years nuclear deal with Saudi Arabia's Arch rival Iran and as President Obama seeks Saudi help in the fight against the Islamic state. The bill now goes on to the House, but the White House already signalling that President Obama will likely veto it if it reaches his desk.