Workers add the final touches to the re-vamped New Year Ball on Times Square (Image: Lehtikuva)

News in brief

IN TODAY'S BEST PHOTOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD, we lead with a shot from Times Square, where the iconic New Years' Ball located atop One Times Square has received a makeover. In addition, we have a baby giraffe in Mexico City, Father Frost on the Moscow Metro, and an extra-terrestrial protestor in Chile. 

Workers add 192 Waterford Crystals to the Times Square Ball, completing the seventh makeover that the ball has received in its 112-year operating history. The ball has 'dropped' from the top of Times Square every New Years' Eve since 1907. 


A two-month-old baby giraffe rests in his enclosure at Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City earlier today.  


A man dressed as the festive 'Father Frost' figure chats to a woman dressed as the 'Snow Maiden' at the Prospekt Mira Metro Station in Moscow. 


A protestor dressed as an alien takes to the streets in the Chilean capital of Santiago, where demonstrations continue unabated. 


Image Credit: Lehtikuva