> Over the past few days downloading headers from newsgroups is timing out. Downloading files is also timing out.
> I am on ADSL what is the problem
Did your news client connect to the news server? If it did then this does look like a server side issue. If it did not then maybe its still a server side issue, or maybe your client and/or firewall config has changed, since it was last working okay. Anyway, good luck, I'm sure it'll all be sorted out quite easily.