'Medo,' a brown bear (Ursus arctos) cub, plays near a tree in Podvrh village, central Slovenia, on June 1. The Slovenian Logar family has adopted the three-and-half-month-old bear cub that strolled into their yard about a month ago. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
Matevz Logar plays with Medo. The Logar family would like to prepare a fenced enclosure for the bear, but veterinary authorities would prefer to move it into a shelter for wild animals. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
Matevz Logar watches as Medo climbs on a car. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
Medo plays with the long-suffering Logar family dog. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
When Medo gets bigger, roughhousing with the Logar family dog could become dangerous. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
Medo obeys his animal instincts by climbing a cherry tree. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
An old couch makes a comfortable place for Medo to relax. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
Medo seems to mug for the camera from his perch. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
Medo gets curious about the camera. This type of behavior might not be so cute or harmless when he grows up. Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters
The US announced steps toward a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas Wednesday, but the leader of Hamas insisted the Islamic militants would not relent until their main demand of lifting an Egyptian-Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip is met.
ByIbrahim Barzak and Tia Goldenberg, Associated Press
The United States announced signs of progress in cease-fire talks Wednesday, but prospects for a quick end to the fighting were dim as Palestinian families fled fierce battles in southern Gaza and the death toll rose to more than 700 Palestinians and 34 Israelis.