In November, Europe welcomed a suite of ETPs, the city of Seoul and the island nation of Barbados took steps to join the metaverse, a small but growing number of mayors in the US clamoured to receive their salaries in bitcoin, and the confusion continued in India.

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Global

BIS paper flags ‘notable gaps’ in CBDC research. More

Binance is in talks with sovereign wealth funds on investment. More

Facebook unbans bitcoin ads in huge boost for crypto industry. More 

Europe

Council of the European Union moves forward on two crypto proposals. More

Europe’s latest draft crypto regulation MiCA limits use of stablecoins like DAI. More

Invesco launches European spot bitcoin ETP. More

WisdomTree lists 3 crypto basket ETPs in Europe. More

21Shares to list Europe’s first Polygon ETP in Paris, Amsterdam. More

Sweden wants Europe to ban Bitcoin mining. More

Ireland

Binance increases presence in Ireland amid questions over headquarters. More

Finland

Finnish regulators tighten the screw on digital currency marketing. More

France

Bank of France official: Existing regulatory frameworks 'constrained' by DeFi characteristics. More

Banque de France reports back on wholesale CBDC programme. More

Germany

Germany's new ruling coalition calls for 'joint European supervision' of crypto in ruling agreement. More

Scholz to become German chancellor. More

Gibraltar

Block.one’s Bullish exchange wins license from Gibraltar regulators. More

Russia

Vladimir Putin says cryptocurrencies 'bear high risks'. More

Russians transact $5bn in crypto each year, Bank of Russia says. More

Russia’s chief taxman says crypto could erode state taxation profits. More

Duma wants to reportedly legalise crypto mining. More

Crypto is a hedge for 46% of Russian retail investors, survey states. More

Spain

Spain gears up for Bitcoin ETF launch by Banco Santander. More

Sweden

Swedish call to ban crypto mining ‘completely misinformed,’ says fund manager. More

Switzerland

Swiss central bank ready to launch a wholesale CBDC in January. More

UK

UK  digital services tax targets crypto exchanges. More

Bank of England raises ‘concerns’ over El Salvador’s bitcoin embrace. More

UK regulator investing $670k to train staff in crypto terrorist financing. More

Bitcoin too volatile to be adopted as legal tender, says BoE chief. More

Floki Inu’s London marketing blitz probed by UK ad watchdog. More

BoE says earliest launch for digital pound could be 2025. More

English and Welsh law can apply to smart contracts, says Law Commission. More

Bank of England sees CBDCs as a revolution for the future of money. More

Ukraine

Ukraine wants to become the cryptocurrency capital of the world. More

Local council member in Ukraine declares 124 BTC and 500 Tesla shares. More

Americas

Argentina

Argentine government to begin taxing cryptocurrencies. More

Brazil

Brazilian politician proposes bill to offer government workers payments in bitcoin. More

Brazil’s central bank to reportedly launch CBDC pilot in 2022. More

Canada

Crypto poses no big risk to economy so far, Bank of Canada official says. More

Canadian police make arrest in $36m crypto heist. More

El Salvador

El Salvador’s president responds to Bank of England’s bitcoin adoption criticism. More

El Salvador buys 100 more bitcoins as crypto market falls. More

El Salvador to inaugurate Bitcoin City backed by $1bn BTC bonds. More

El Salvador’s ‘bitcoin bonds’ plan gets wary reception from fund managers. More

Mexico

Mexico’s third richest person: buy bitcoin right now. More

Mexican crypto exchange Bitso incorporates Circle solutions for cross-border payments initiative. More

Peru

Peru to partner with India, HK and Singapore central banks on a CBDC. More

United States

House passes $1T infrastructure bill with crypto tax for Biden's approval. More

NYC mayor-elect Eric Adams says he will take his first three paychecks in bitcoin. More

Clinton: Regulate crypto to stop manipulation by Russia and China. More

Department of Veterans Affairs seeks contractor info on blockchain use for data sharing, supply chain optimising. More

93% of IRS criminal investigations’ seizures involve crypto: report. More

Democratic senators oppose President Biden's OCC Omarova nomination. More

Marathon Digital’s shares plunged 27% amid SEC crackdown. More

Digital currencies won’t impact US sanctions, Treasury exec says. More

U.S. agencies set to get even more cautious on crypto, bank watchdog warns. More

US Justice Dept is selling $56m in crypto to compensate victims of BitConnect’s fraud. More

President Biden signs infrastructure bill into law, mandating broker reporting requirements. More

US regulators clarify banks’ cryptocurrency permissions. More

VanEck bitcoin futures ETF ‘XBTF’ launches on CBOE exchange. More

US lawmakers call on SEC chair Gensler to approve a spot bitcoin ETF. More

Former Binance US CEO Brian Brooks takes top job at BitFury. More

US stablecoin report gets mixed reviews from crypto industry. More

New York mayor-elect Eric Adams envisions crypto paychecks for all. More

SEC seeks comments on Grayscale's GBTC ETF proposal. More

Tampa mayor to accept pay in Bitcoin: report. More

Senator Toomey promises to fix flawed crypto brokerage language in infrastructure bill. More

BlockFi, Neuberger Berman file for spot Bitcoin ETF. More

US charges Ukrainian and Russian nationals over ransomware attacks. More

Venezuela

Venezuelans promised Axie Infinity scholarships for crypto training courses. More

Caribbean

Barbados

Barbados to become first sovereign nation with an embassy in the metaverse. More

 

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Iran Blockchain Association head calls for special council on crypto laws. More

Israel

Israel reportedly adopts new AML rules for crypto. More

US and Israel team up to tackle ransomware issues. More

Coinbase will establish presence in Israel through purchase of Unbound Security. More

Celsius says 'employee' suspended amid rumors of CFO arrest in Israel. More

Kazakhstan

Bitcoin mining power crunch: Kazakhstan looks toward nuclear solution. More

Kazakhstan seeks to buy electricity from Russia amid crypto shortages. More

Kazakhstan to reportedly implement financial monitoring on local cryptocurrency businesses. More

UAE

Abu Dhabi's ADGM set to double number of cryptocurrency exchanges. More

Phoenix Technology Consultants places order for $650m worth of crypto mining rigs –puts UAE on the crypto mining map. More

UAE issues first NFT stamps in the Middle East. More

 

South Asia

India

Indian finance minister says monitoring crypto ads; not weighing ban. More

Crypto sponsorships banned from upcoming 2022 Indian cricket season. More

Indian PM urges democratic countries to collaborate on cryptocurrencies. More

Singaporean crypto exchange enters India amid regulatory uncertainty. More

Indian government to take ‘progressive’ steps on crypto, sources say after PM Modi’s meeting. More

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka central bank completes blockchain-based KYC proof of concept. More

 

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Australian regulator chases $21m in bitcoin stored in alleged fraudster's cold wallet. More

Crypto is ‘not going away’ soon: Australian finance minister. More

RBA stepping up CBDC research despite scepticism over use. More

China

China's crypto censorship reaches over news outlets and mining pools. More

Chinese police seize $62m in alleged Filecoin miner Ponzi scheme. More

China crypto ban slashes revenues and spurs Huobi to ‘go global. More

China’s exiled crypto machines fuel global mining boom. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong regulator re-evaluates retail crypto ETFs laws. More

Indonesia

Indonesia’s national Islamic council reportedly declares Bitcoin haram. More

Japan

Japan’s CBDC plans to ‘speed up’ in the light of other countries ‘moving ahead’ with theirs. More

Singapore

Two bitcoin funds launched in Singapore by MAS-regulated fund manager. More

Singapore’s OCBC studying crypto exchange, CEO Wong says. More

MAS embarks on retail CBDC study. More

South Korea

South Korean lawmakers inch closer to deal to delay crypto tax by one year. More

Seoul wants to build a metaverse. A virtual New Year’s Eve ceremony will kick it off. More

Thailand

Thailand tweaks tourism industry to attract crypto millionaires. More

Thailand’s oldest bank SCB acquires 51% stake in crypto exchange Bitkub. More

Africa

Nigeria

Nigerians cautious over Africa’s first CBDC. More

Nigeria's central bank freezes accounts of suspected crypto traders. More

Nigeria penalises two individuals, firm for trading crypto. More

Nigerian payments app reportedly suspending operations due to government crackdown on crypto. More

Tanzania

Tanzania has begun preparations to launch its own central bank digital currency. More

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