In April, the Central African Republic confirmed reports that it has adopted bitcoin as legal tender – becoming only the second country in the world and the first African nation to do so.

Elsewhere, Germany unseated Singapore as the most crypto-friendly country, while the UAE’s crypto-friendly policies continued to lure some of the largest crypto firms.

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Global

PWC research: More than three-quarters of central banks considering a CBDC. More

Europe

ECB executive board member talks about current state of digital euro CBDC research. More

Bitpanda unveils four crypto ETPs. More

Grayscale to expand crypto fund offering into Europe. More

European Union to track all crypto transfers. More

France

Macron discusses EU regulation, web3, French start-ups and innovation. More

Crypto giant Binance tries to woo France by bolstering blockchain and Web3 start-ups. More

Germany

Germany's Commerzbank applies for local crypto license. More

Germany is ranked the most crypto-friendly country. More

German parliament plans to offer tax-free crypto staking and lending. More

Gibraltar

Gibraltar rolls out new virtual asset regulation to combat market abuse. More

Ireland

Irish are highly ‘crypto curious’, says industry report. More

Russia

Binance curbs services in Russia. More

Treasury department sanctions Russian crypto mining giant BitRiver. More

Crypto firm Exmo exits Russia and Belarus by selling part of its business. More

Russians collectively hold $130bn in crypto, Prime Minister says. More

EU bans providing high-value crypto services to Russia. More

Spain

Bank of Spain report warns about cryptocurrency usage and its effect on financial stability. More

Report: Only 5.3% of Spanish crypto investors have received a warning to declare income taxes. More

Sweden

Sweden wants to test E-Krona viability for smart payments. More

Switzerland

Hashdex approved to list ETPs in Switzerland. More

Turkey

Turkey seeks 40,000-year jail sentences for Thodex CEO. More

Ukraine

Binance announces crypto card for Ukrainian refugees. More

Ukraine bans Bitcoin purchases with local currency amid martial law. More

UK

UK Treasury outlines plan to regulate stablecoins and issue an NFT. More

FCA veteran becomes interim head of financial regulator's digital assets unit. More

Nearly a fifth of Brits now own cryptocurrency, Gemini research findsMore

Binance poaches FCA official as global regulation head. More

Americas

Argentina

Argentinian government advances the creation of a national CBDC. More

Brazil

Brazilian Senate announces incoming approval of the ‘Bitcoin law’. More

Brazilian central bank president confirms CBDC pilot will launch in 2022. More

Canada

Bitcoin is not an inflation hedge, says Bank of Canada official. More

WonderFi set to buy another licensed Canadian crypto exchange. More

El Salvador

El Salvador president Nayib Bukele cancels Bitcoin 2022 appearance. More

Honduras

Honduran special economic zone adopts bitcoin as legal tender. More

Mexico

Central Bank of Mexico will launch its CBDC in 3 years. More

Panama

Panama passes bill to permit use of crypto assets. More

Puerto Rico

Binance US receives money transmitter license in Puerto Rico. More

United States

CME Group is considering altcoin futures on Solana and Cardano. More

SEC rejects spot bitcoin ETF application from Ark 21Shares. More

US companies must disclose customer crypto holdings, says SEC. More

US lawmakers introduce a bill targeted at stablecoins. More

SEC weighs path forward for crypto trading platforms. More

US authorities seize $34m in one of the country's largest crypto confiscations. More

SEC explores segregating businesses at crypto exchanges. More

ProShares aims to let investors bet against bitcoin with new ETF. More

Miami’s crypto craze on full display at bitcoin conference. More SEC backs third BTC Futures ETF. MoreOCC chief continues push for bank-style regulation for stablecoin issuers in the US. MoreNew York senate authorises NYDFS to ‘assess’ crypto companies. More

New York Mayor urges state to abandon ‘stifling’ BitLicense scheme. More

Kraken shuts down its headquarters in San Francisco due to safety concern. More

As it weighs FTX proposal, CFTC announces a roundtable on disintermediation. More

Fidelity to reportedly allow 401(k) retirement savings accounts to invest in Bitcoin. More

New York State Assembly passes bill blocking new crypto mines that use non-renewable power. More

Grayscale renews push with SEC for bitcoin spot ETF. More

Tennessee reportedly prepares to hold cryptocurrencies. More

OCC issues cease and desist order against Anchorage Digital over AML program. More

Secret Service seized more than $102m in cryptoassets since 2015. More

Caribbean

Bahamas 

Crypto Bahamas kicks off as country solidifies plans to become ‘leading digital asset hub’. More

Bahamas may allow residents to pay taxes with crypto. More

Cuba

Cuba approves cryptocurrency services, requires central bank license. More

Jamaica

Jamaica introduces its CBDC to support those who are financially excluded. More

Middle East & North Africa

MENA region makes strides in digital assets as crypto scene heats up. More

Study: 54% of UAE and Saudi Arabia survey respondents said crypto should be used for payments. More

Iran

Iran to stiffen penalties for illegal use of subsidised energy in crypto mining. More

Israel

Report: One third of Israelis own cryptocurrency. More

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan looks to bring crypto exchanges to central Asian financial hub. More

Pakistan

PTA opposes banning cryptocurrencies. More

Saudi Arabia

Report: Saudi Arabia exploring possibility of implementing blockchain in government. More

UAE

Kraken awarded crypto trading license in the United Arab Emirates. More

Binance approved in principle by Abu Dhabi as digital asset broker-dealer. More

South Asia

India

Indian authorities arrest another suspect accused in $160m crypto fraud case. More

Cryptocurrency volumes in India see a dip as new tax rules kick in. More

 

 

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Australian authorities lay out guidelines and roadmaps for crypto industry regulation. More

Australia crypto ETF market heats up with two more spot funds set to launch. More

China

China’s crypto crackdown comes for NFTs. More

China expands e-yuan pilot. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong watchdog warns stablecoins could undermine HKD in CBDC paper. More

Indonesia

Indonesia will tax crypto earnings, purchases starting in May. More

Japan

Government of Japan to close loopholes for Russians in crypto space. More

Japan to model digital Yen tests on Sweden’s approach, not China’s. More

Japan Exchange Group to launch tokenized stocks by April 2025. More

Webtoon platform Kakao Piccoma buys 50% of Japan‘s Sakura Exchange. More

Japan considers stricter crypto regulations in light of Russia sanctions. More

Singapore

Singapore passes law to tighten rules for crypto providers. More

Industry associations, regulator give some clarity on Singapore's crypto ad rules. More

North Korea

FBI links North Korean hackers to Axie Infinity crypto theft. More

Philippines

The Philippines will launch pilot wholesale central bank digital currency project. More

South Korea

South Korean bank Shinhan launches nation’s first corporate crypto fiat account. More

ThailandThai energy company Gulf forays into crypto market via Binance tie-up. More

Africa

FTX to launch in West Africa. More

TON Foundation in talks with three African countries to launch stablecoins. More

Central African Republic

Central African Republic adopts bitcoin as legal tender. More

Namibia

Namibian central bank announces plan to launch CBDC. More

Nigeria

Nigeria's central bank fines Access Bank, Stanbic IBTC and UBA $1.9m for facilitating crypto transactions. More

South Africa

South Africa finishes technical PoC for wholesale CBDC settlement system. More

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