October saw the UK becoming the first G7 country with a pro-crypto head of state explicitly committing to crypto-friendly policies. New incoming PM Rishi Sunak declared his objective of building the country into a global crypto hub back in April (whilst in the position of the Chancellor of the Exchequer) and the community is eagerly awaiting the re-confirmation of this roadmap in his new capacity.

Global

Ethereum successfully executes highly-anticipated Merge event, ushering in Proof-of-Stake era. More

IMF: Cryptoassets are no longer niche and regulators need to catch up. More

Powell, Lagarde urge more regulation for DeFi and stablecoins. More

Landmark international CBDC test deemed success, BIS says. More

Emerging markets lead global crypto adoption in bear market, Chainalysis says. More

Europe

Amazon among five companies to develop digital euro prototype for the ECB. More

EU lawmakers attack Amazon’s involvement in digital euro project. More

European stock exchange to list Bitcoin carbon-neutral ETP. More

Crypto is ‘key’ to cracking down on crime, says Europol. More

EU lawmakers vote down green crypto mining study. More

Stablecoin restriction dropped from E.U. digital asset framework. More

Binance’s CZ says Europe’s MiCA framework could be a global crypto regulation standard. More

Europe reportedly cancels AML amendment that would have forced identity verification for non-custodial wallets. More

Armenia

Armenia aims to position itself as a Bitcoin mining hub. More

France

Crypto.com scores fresh regulatory approval in France. More

Georgia

Coinbase mispricing allows users in Georgia to cash out for 100 times rate. More

Italy

Binance sued in Italy over exchanges outages. More

Ireland

Bank of Ireland warns customers to beware as crypto investment scams jump 164% in six months. More

Netherlands

Coinbase wins Dutch approval that should give crypto exchange access to all of EU. More

Norway

Norwegian central bank uses Ethereum to build national digital currency. More

Russia

Russia reportedly aims to use CBDC for international settlements with China. More

Sweden

Sweden’s central bank tests CBDC for retail and international remittance payments. More

Switzerland

Central banks can push DeFi into mainstream — Swiss National Bank official. More

Japanese banking giant Nomura’s crypto unit to be based in Switzerland. More

Ukraine

Ukrainian police bust crypto call centers defrauding investors across Europe. More

Vitalik Buterin makes surprise appearance at Kyiv Tech Summit. More

UK

Bank of England deputy governor says existing financial regulations should extend to crypto. More

Revolut given full regulatory approval to offer crypto services in UK. More

UK financial regulator issues consumer warning against FTX. More

FTX was in talks with FCA about crypto licence before watchdog’s warning. More

UK introduces law to seize, freeze and recover crypto. More

Economic secretary wants UK to be 'country of choice' for crypto space. More

UK orders crypto exchanges to report sanctions breachesMore

Americas

Crypto exchange Huobi Global enables cryptocurrency purchases with fiat in Latin America. More

Crypto loans are booming in Latin America amid runaway bank rates and inflation. More

Argentina

Argentina’s tax authority conducts first ever raids on secret crypto miners. More

Central Bank of Argentina issues new compliance rules for digital wallets. More

Brazil

Brazilian SEC seeks to change its role in cryptocurrency regulation. More

Crypto exchange Bybit barred from brokering securities in Brazil. More

Binance hires former Brazilian central bank president as adviser. More

Canada

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau says investing in crypto is not an escape from inflation. More

The Conservative Party of Canada elects pro-Bitcoin leader Pierre Poilievre as party head. More

Colombia

Ripple’s plan to tokenise Colombian land stalls amid new administration. More

El Salvador

El Salvador Bitcoin bond delayed due to security concerns: Bitfinex CTO. More

Paraguay

Paraguay’s President vetoes bill that would regulate crypto mining and trading. More

Paraguay senators reject President’s bitcoin mining law Veto. More

Uruguay

New regulatory bill grants Uruguayan Central Bank control over the nation's crypto industry. More

United States

CFTC's Pham calls for new office focused on retail traders, with eye to crypto protections. More

California issues cease-and-desist against crypto lender Nexo. More

U.S. Department of Defense taps intelligence firm to evaluate crypto threat to national security. More

SEC sues 2 crypto advisory firms and their owner for misappropriating investors’ funds. More

Chamber of Digital Commerce gets approval to join the SEC vs Ripple lawsuit. More

SEC, Ripple call for immediate ruling in suit over whether XRP sales violated securities laws. More

Framework to ban members of Congress and SCOTUS from trading stocks includes crypto provision. More

SEC charges crypto influencer Ian Balina over unregistered ICO in 2018. More

Colorado is now accepting tax payments in cryptocurrency, as Gov. Polis promised. More

Nasdaq to enter crypto custody market for institutional clients. More

IRS to summon users who don’t report and pay tax on crypto transactions. More

Coinbase sued over patent infringement. More

SEC plans new ‘Office of Crypto Assets’ to find soft targets. More

Biden’s executive order produces few answers in crypto reports from US Treasury. More

New York judge orders Tether to document USDT backing. More

Florida govt warns against auto warranty scammers asking crypto payments. More

Washington state joins Celsius bankruptcy case as interested party. More

Dozens of Celsius clients ask US court to recover $22.5m in crypto. More

US Treasury blacklists several more bitcoin addresses allegedly tied to Iran ransomware attacks. More

SEC Chair Gary Gensler backs giving CFTC bitcoin oversight. More

US congressman to review all Binance US files related to consumer safety. More

Coinbase backs Tornado Cash lawsuit against U.S. Treasury. More

California Gov. Newsom vetoes crypto licensing and regulatory framework. More

California State Assembly passes bill for licensing and regulating crypto firms. More

U.S. Treasury sanctions neo-Nazi Russian wallet addresses. More

White House OSTP department analyses 18 CBDC design choices for the US. More

EmpiresX Head Trader pleads guilty to global cryptocurrency investment fraud scheme that amassed approximately $100m from investors. More

US Treasury report encourages instant payment, recommends more CBDC research. More

Caribbean

British Virgin Islands

Huobi wins license in the British Virgin Islands, no timeline for the UK yet. More

Middle East & North Africa

Iran

Iran to start testing a digital rial this week. More

Israel

Israeli crypto exchange receives capital markets license in country first. More

Saudi Arabia

New hire in Saudi Central Bank to reportedly work on crypto regulations. More

UAE

Dubai reportedly grants regulatory approval for Blockchain.com. More

UAE’s minister acknowledges future of crypto lies firmly within the mainstream financial system. More

UAE Ministry of Economy opens up new headquarters in the Metaverse. More

Over 11% UAE residents have invested in cryptocurrencies. More

South Asia

India

Reserve Bank of India preparing to trial a CBDC with public sector banks and fintechs. More

Indian police arrest two suspected of duping 1,400 in alleged $12m crypto scam. More

Crypto exchange WazirX sees assets unfrozen amid Indian regulator's investigation. More

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan ready to legalise crypto as Russians flock to the country. More

Kazakhstan presents first draft law on crypto mining. More

Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan introduces monthly fees for crypto companies effective immediately. More

Wirex to support government of Uzbekistan to adopt blockchain. More

East Asia & Pacific

Australia

Australian senator drafts bill aimed at stablecoin, digital yuan regulation. More

Australian Federal Police forms cryptocurrency unit, AFR reports. More

Reserve Bank of Australia seeks input on use cases for CBDC pilot program. More

China

JPMorgan: China’s metaverse-related economy could reach $4T. More

Possession of bitcoin still legal in China despite the ban, lawyer says. More

China expands trial of its e-CNY CBDC to four new provinces: SCMP. More

Hong Kong

Hong Kong Monetary Authority to reportedly begin CBDC trials in Q4. More

Japan

Japan to reportedly toughen remittance rules to fight money laundering using crypto. More

Japan’s financial regulator proposes tax reforms for crypto. More

Japanese gov't issues NFTs to reward local authorities' work. More

Singapore

Singapore banking giant DBS builds out crypto trading services for wealth clients. More

Crypto unit of Japan's SBI wins capital markets license in Singapore. More

New Zealand

Binance registers in New Zealand and opens office. More

North Korea

Crypto.com targeted in latest round of Lazarus Group's fake job scams. More

U.S. seizes $30m in crypto from North Korea-linked hackers. More

North Korea’s Lazarus hackers target macOS users seeking Crypto jobs. More

Crypto.com targeted in latest round of Lazarus Group's fake job scams. More

South Korea

Do Kwon says he is "not on the run," cooperating with authorities. More

South Korea is gearing up to institutionalise security tokens. More

Korean authorities reportedly order freeze of $67m of Bitcoin tied to Do Kwon. More

South Korean authorities request Interpol red notice for Terra’s Do Kwon. More

Taiwan

Taiwan approves 24 crypto platforms, including WOO Network, for AML compliance. More

Thailand

Thai SEC bans crypto staking and lending services. More

Thailand toughens crypto ad rules. More

New Zealand

Binance launches New Zealand-based offices following regulatory approval. More

Vietnam

Vietnam leads global crypto adoption, U.S. comes fifth. More

Africa

Crypto is quietly thriving in sub-Saharan Africa: Chainalysis report. More

Demand for blockchain developers is rising in Africa. More

Nigeria

Nigeria to establish special economic zone for crypto. More

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest crypto market amid bank trading ban. More

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