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Global

Crypto M&A set to notch record after doubling in 2020: PWC. More →

Bitcoin could be at start of massive mainstream transformation: Citi report. More →

Global cryptocurrency assets under management reached $57bn. More →

Visa moves to allow payment settlements using cryptocurrency. More →

Bank of International Settlements chief advocates for more regulation. More →

FATF’s new guidance takes aim at DeFi. More →

Stablecoin reserves on crypto exchanges hit new historic high of $10bn. More →

 

Europe

Digital euro could take four years, says ECB president Christine Lagarde. More →

Belarus

Belarus aiming for more control over digital economy, crypto exchanges: report. More →

Denmark

Danish Red Cross launches $3 million blockchain-based volcano disaster relief bond. More →

France

Lawmaker signs petition calling for legal changes that would allow France's central bank to buy Bitcoin. More →

French government to pocket $30m from first-ever cryptocurrency auction.  More →

France is buzzing with NFT startups. More →

Germany

Germany's financial regulator issues retail crypto investment warning. More →

Germany’s Central Bank tests blockchain solution to counter CBDCs. More →

German bank to offer cryptocurrency services. More →

German-founded islamic finance-focused Caizcoin enters crypto market. More →

Ethereum ETP launches in Germany. More →

Norway

Norway-listed Aker to put 100% Bitcoin in treasury reserves of new investment unit. More →

Norway's fourth-richest man invests in a crypto mining ASIC manufacture. More →

Norway is the world’s most cashless country – but its central bank isn’t keen on Bitcoin. More →

Russia

Russia’s state Hermitage museum to host NFT art exhibition. More →

Putin says Russia must stop illegal cross-border crypto transfers. More →

Russia's money laundering watchdog monitoring crypto to ruble transactions. More →

Over 50% of Binance’s Russian customers believe crypto can replace bank deposits. More →

Spain

Spanish island government decides to sell its Bitcoin investment. More →

Sweden

Crypto fund CoinShares jumps 33% in first day on Nasdaq’s Swedish exchange. More →

Major Swiss retailers set to debut Bitcoin gift cards. More →

Switzerland

Bitcoin Suisse pulls bank application amid regulatory concerns. More →

Turkey

Turkish finance ministry to study cryptocurrency with local regulators. More →

Turkey’s slumping lira adds fuels to crypto trading boom. More →

UK

UK watchdog bans socially irresponsible Bitcoin ad. More →

Cryptocurrency exchange Bybit shuts up shop in UK in compliance with FCA ban. More →

UK to focus crypto rules on stablecoins, says minister. More →

UK tax authority updates treatment of crypto assets to incorporate staking. More →

UK is the third most interested country in crypto. More →

UK crypto firms seek HM Chancellor’s push in registration delay. More →

FCA obliges crypto firms to share financial crime information. More →

Ukraine

Cryptos are ‘promising,’ but not assets in their purest form, says Ukrainian Minister. More →

Americas

Brazil

Brazilian Stock Exchange approves two new crypto ETFs in Latin America. More → 

Canada

Canada lays down the law for crypto exchanges.  More → 

Crypto exchange must share client data with Canada tax office. More → 

Cryptocurrency scams in Canada jump 400%. More → 

Thornton Place invests in Bitcoin. More → 

Canadian firms to develop Bitcoin mining facility partly powered by wind, solar. More → 

Colombia

Colombia’s first Commercial Bank to pilot crypto services. More → 

United States

Kentucky governor signs crypto mining tax, clean energy incentives into law. More → 

Iowa House approves bill to legally recognize blockchain smart contracts. More → 

Texas chases after Wyoming with crypto law proposal, but challenges remain. More → 

Ripple touts role for XRP in CBDC white paper. More → 

Following $6.5m CFTC fine, Coinbase delays direct stock listing . More → 

Powell says CBDC must coexist with cash. More → 

Senate to move forward with Gary Gensler's SEC nomination. More → 

US lawmakers introduce bill to clarify crypto regulations. More → 

Crypto industry to get first major U.S. stadium with Miami-Dade County approving FTX for Heat home. More →

Ray Dalio: The government ‘outlawing bitcoin is a good probability’. More →

Coinbase snags former SEC director Brett Redfearn ahead of public listing.  More →

Fidelity files for first US bitcoin ETF as mainstream interest ramps up. More →

US government sees ‘cryptocurrency spring fever’ as great time to auction Bitcoin. More →

SEC brings enforcement action against alleged $6.9m ponzi scheme. More →

WisdomTree becomes latest firm to submit bitcoin ETF filing to SEC. More →

Simplify files SEC registration for ‘Equity PLUS Bitcoin ETF’. More →

Valkyrie files for ETF aimed at investing in publicly-traded, Bitcoin-holding companies. More →

Binance probed by CFTC over whether U.S. residents traded. More →

SEC commissioner explains why a delayed Bitcoin ETF has consequences. More →

Former US Director of cybersecurity: Crypto ransomware ‘running wild’. More →

CME launching micro bitcoin futures in May. More →

Federal court orders UK man to pay more than $571m for operating fraudulent Bitcoin trading scheme. More →

SEC seeks personal financial information of Ripple executives. More →

PayPal allows US users to pay merchants in crypto. More →

Ex-SEC chairman Clayton to advise Brevan-backed firm on crypto. More →

US gov sues decentralised content platform LBRY over $11m in token sales. More →

Venezuela

Major Venezuelan Satellite TV Provider Enables Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies Payments. More →

 

Caribbean

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank publicly launches new digital currency. More →

Bahamas

Bahamas' Sand Dollar nears commercial rollout as interoperability completed. More →

Jamaica

Jamaica’s central bank to pilot CBDC beginning in May. More →

Jamaica's central bank taps Irish tech outfit for CBDC project. More →

Middle East & North Africa

Egypt

Egyptians are buying Bitcoin despite prohibitive new banking laws. More →

Iran

Iran should mine crypto to skirt sanctions, says president-linked think tank. More →

Iran cracks down on crypto exchanges. More →

UAE

Cryptocurrency businesses can now open offices within DMCC freezone in Dubai. More →

Abu Dhabi launches crypto library to counter supercomputer threats. More →

Dubai regulators call for public feedback on proposed crypto laws. More →

Dubai regulator sets deadline for cryptocurrency feedback. More →

The United Arab Emirates’ green digitisation vision. More →

South Asia

India

India mandates new disclosure rules for cryptocurrency companies. More →

India’s crypto ban uncertain as finance minister touts a window for experiments. More →

Coinbase opens office in India despite crypto ban reports. More →

Indian government reportedly plans to block crypto exchange IPs. More →

RBI governor says government and central bank agree on cryptocurrency approach. More →

Pakistan

Pakistani province to pilot crypto mining farms. More →

Arrests made in Bitcoin extortion case. More →

 

East Asia & the Pacific

Australia

Australian government offers $6m in grants to innovative blockchain teams. More →

China

China’s cryptocurrency stocks left behind in Bitcoin frenzy. More →

China's inner Mongolia to ban Bitcoin mining: what it means for the industry. More →

Chinese social media Weibo suspends Huobi, OKEx and Binance accounts. More →

China tests its digital yuan on more platforms. More →

Hong Kong

Huobi Subsidiary to Launch 3 Crypto Funds in Hong Kong. More →

OSL, Hong Kong’s First Regulated Crypto Exchange, Commences Live Trading. More →

Japan

Bank of Japan lays down cryptocurrency plan. More →

Bank of Japan: establishment of "liaison and coordination committee on CBDC". More →

Japan's FSA asks cryptocurrency industry group to introduce FATF travel rule. More →

Bank Of Japan Committee for CBDC Experimentation a ‘Necessary Step’. More →

Indonesia

Indonesian government will set up a crypto exchange in future. More →

Malaysia

Bitcoin ETF Launches in Malaysia in Regional First. More →

New Zealand

New Zealand retirement fund reportedly allocates 5% to Bitcoin. More →

Compliant stablecoin Launches in New Zealand. More →

South Korea

OKEx Korea to shut down on April 7th amid looming AML regulations. More →

Report all crypto transactions or face 5-year jail term in South Korea. More →

Reported volume of top South Korean crypto exchanges surpasses that of the country's stock market. More →

Bithumb bans trading from countries with no anti-money laundering measures. More →

Taiwan

Taiwan accuses Bitmain of poaching its top chip engineers. More →

Thailand

Thai SEC backtracks on unpopular proposal for new crypto investor qualifications. More →

Thai central bank outlines plans for digital baht. More →

Bank of Thailand plans to regulate asset-backed stablecoins this year. More →

Vietnam

Vietnam’s finance ministry warns about crypto trading risks. More → 

Africa

Optimism abounds for crypto and blockchain adoption at virtual Blockchain Africa. More →

Bitcoin is wooing the millions of workers who send their earnings abroad. More →

Blockchain analysis firm calls Nigeria ‘focal point’ for Africa’s crypto scams. More →

Morocco

Morocco experiences Bitcoin trading surge, despite cryptocurrency ban. More →

Nigeria

Nigeria's central bank not discouraging people from trading crypto, says governor. More →

Nigeria’s crypto startups and traders are still at the mercy of its central bank. More →

South Africa

The rising popularity of Bitcoin in South Africa. More →

Crypto havens lure firms fleeing South Africa regulator fear. More →

Regulator sends warning over Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies in South Africa. More →

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