* Spot gold was down 0.1% at $1,885.20 per ounce, as of 0038 GMT. U.S. gold futures were also down 0.1% at $1,886.40.
* The dollar was nearing highs not seen in two decades on Thursday as the energy crisis in Europe hamstrung the euro, while the yen was undercut by expectations the Bank of Japan would stick to its super-easy policies.
* Measured against a basket of currencies, the dollar index had reached a five-year top of 103.28 and a further push above 103.82 would see it to levels not visited since late-2002.
* A stronger dollar makes greenback-priced gold less attractive for other currency holders. * The march higher in the dollar pushed gold prices to their lowest since Feb. 24 on Wednesday.
* Bullion is seen as a safe store of value during economic and political crises, a factor that seemed to limit losses on Thursday.
* Europe should stop depending on Russia for trade after Moscow halted gas supplies to Bulgaria and Poland for not paying in roubles, Ukraine said, as the shutoff exposed the continent’s weaknesses and divisions on Wednesday.
* Global demand for gold surged 34% year-on-year in the first quarter to the highest in over three years, driven by investors worried about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and rising inflation, the World Gold Council (WGC) said.
* Spot silver gained 0.1% to $23.31 per ounce, platinum was flat at $917.77, and palladium firmed 0.3% to $2,209.71.
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