Top EU officials take oath of office Jan 14, 2020 0 192 12345 Luxembourg: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen took an oath of office alongside other top European Union officials on Monday, vowing to respect the bloc’s founding treaties.Von der Leyen and her 26 EU commissioners, one for each member state except soon-to-depart Britain, pledged to serve EU interests as a whole rather than national governments.“It is a huge responsibility that we have just undertaken,” von der Leyen said at the ceremony in the bloc’s highest court some six weeks after taking up duties in the executive branch.The ceremony included a pledge to “behave with integrity and discretion” with particular regard to “appointments and benefits” accepted after serving in the EU executive.Some former commissioners have been criticized for moving on to lucrative posts once they leave. For example, ex-commission president Jose Manuel Barroso went to US investment firm Goldman Sachs after finishing up.The commissioners face many challenges during their five-year term, European Court of Justice (ECJ) President Koen Lenaerts said, highlighting Brexit, climate change and the management of migration. (DPA) RELATED ARTICLES PHILIPPINES ON ALERT AS VOLCANO SPEWS ASH, LAVA Jan 14, 2020 0 928 US wants to reduce military presence in Africa: Mark Milley Jan 14, 2020 0 599 ‘Joker’ leads Oscar nods with 11 as women, minorities miss out Jan 14, 2020 0 447 Snowstorms kill dozens in Pakistan, Afghanistan Islamabad/Kabul: Snowstorms and heavy rains have killed more than two dozen people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with the blocked roads and cancelled flights bringing daily life to a standstill. At least 20 people were .. Pakistan court overrules Musharraf death sentence on treason Islamabad: The death sentence for treason handed to former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf by a special tribunal last month was overruled the Lahore High Court on Monday, Musharraf’s lawyers said. The .. Hardline Hindus protest huge Indian Jesus statue New Delhi: Hundreds of Hindu activists affiliated to India’s ruling party rallied on Monday to protest a planned Jesus statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro’s Christ The Redeemer for size. “We want to stop the statue, .. Queen grants Harry and Meghan ‘transition period’ in Canada AFP Sandringham, United Kingdom Queen Elizabeth II on Monday said she would allow her grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan to split their time between Canada and Britain while an agreement was made on their future, .. Democrat Cory Booker, campaign optimist, exits White House race Washington: Citing a lack of funds, US Senator Cory Booker dropped out of the Democratic presidential nomination race on Monday, a move that leaves a less diverse field vying to face Donald Trump in November’s election. ..