BENGALURU, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Gold prices held broadly steady
early on Friday after dipping the session before, drawing some support
from global political tensions and a slightly weaker dollar against
* Spot gold was up 0.1 percent at $1,213.14 an ounce at 0058
GMT, having lost 0.1 percent on Thursday.
* U.S. gold futures were largely steady at around $1,219 an ounce.
* The U.S. dollar was down 0.2 percent at 110.84 yen .
* Japan's economy expanded at an annualised rate of 1.9 percent in
April-June, bouncing back from a contraction in the previous quarter,
government data showed on Friday, in a sign its recovery momentum
* Asian stock markets fell on Friday amid heightened global trade
tensions, while currency markets were whipsawed by a searing selloff
in Russia's rouble after the United States slapped on new sanctions,
and as economic worries sent the Turkish lira tumbling.
* Russia condemned a new round of U.S. sanctions as illegal on
Thursday and said it had begun working on retaliatory measures after
news of the curbs pushed the rouble to two-year lows over fears Moscow
was locked in a spiral of never-ending sanctions.
* Turkey's lira tumbled to another record low against the dollar
on Thursday after a Turkish delegation returned from meeting U.S.
officials in Washington with no apparent solution to a diplomatic rift
that has opened up between them.
* North Korea on Thursday denounced U.S. calls for enforcing
international sanctions despite its goodwill moves and said progress
on denuclearization promises could not be expected if Washington
followed an "outdated acting script".
* Japan's Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said he had a frank
exchange about trade on Thursday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert
Lighthizer, while appearing to stick with Tokyo's position of avoiding
a bilateral free-trade agreement.
* The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits
unexpectedly fell last week, suggesting that a strong economy was
helping the labour market weather ongoing trade tensions between the
United States and a host of other countries.
* The U.S. economy is performing "very well" with
continued growth clearing the way for one or two more interest rate
hikes in 2018, Chicago Federal Reserve Bank President Charles Evans
said on Thursday in an interview in which he dismissed earlier worries
about weak inflation.
(Reporting by Apeksha Nair in Bengaluru Editing by Joseph Radford)
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