Why Singapore is one of the most crypto-friendly countries

Why Singapore is one of the most crypto-friendly countries

In her monthly Expert Take column, Selva Ozelli, an international tax attorney and CPA, covers the intersection between emerging technologies and sustainability, and provides the latest developments around taxes, AML/CFT regulations and legal issues affecting crypto and blockchain.At the end of 2021 — a year in which Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH) rose 100% and … Read more

Here are the countries that moved to outlaw crypto in the past year

Here are the countries that moved to outlaw crypto in the past year

Last week, Pakistan’s Sindh High Court held a hearing on the legal status of digital currencies that might lead an outright ban of cryptocurrency trading combined with penalties against crypto exchanges. Several days later, the Central Bank of Russia called for a ban on both crypto trading and mining operations. Both countries could join the growing ranks … Read more

Why Some Countries Are Banning Crypto Advertisements

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Despite immense popularity, the cryptocurrency market remains unregulated in many countries. This leaves investors vulnerable to various scams and frauds. Misleading advertisements is one such menace that can result in some investors losing their hard-earned money.Sensing the urgency of the matter, some governments across the world have now planned to crack down on such misleading … Read more

Crypto Could Soon Pose Risks to Countries’ Financial Stability – Regulation Bitcoin News

IMF: Crypto Could Soon Pose Risks to Countries’ Financial Stability

Economists at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) say that “crypto assets are no longer on the fringe of the financial system.” In addition, they “could soon pose risks to financial stability especially in countries with widespread crypto adoption.” ‘Our Analysis Suggests Crypto Assets Are No Longer on the Fringe of the Financial System’ The International … Read more

A quarter of small businesses across nine countries plan to offer crypto payments -Visa survey

A quarter of small businesses across nine countries plan to offer crypto payments -Visa survey

Representations of virtual cryptocurrencies are seen in this illustration taken November 28, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationRegister now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.comRegisterJan 12 (Reuters) – Almost a quarter of small businesses in nine countries around the world plan to accept digital currencies as a form of payment in 2022, while 13% of consumers in those … Read more

Why most countries are unable to take a firm decision on crypto

Why most countries are unable to take a firm decision on crypto

Crypto classification dilemma: Is it an asset, property, or commodity? Regulators across the globe have come up with various definitions of cryptocurrencies. But there is no consensus, even among major economies, on how to treat decentralised virtual currencies, which are seen posing a risk to financial stability and impacting cross-border transactions. Policy advisers and legal … Read more

African countries aim to step up Covid vaccine delivery with 1bn doses due | Global development

With 1bn doses of Covid vaccines expected to arrive in Africa in the coming months, concern has shifted to a global shortage of equipment required to deliver them, such as syringes, as well as insufficient planning in some countries that could create bottlenecks in the rollout.After a troubled start to vaccination programmes on the continent, … Read more

Which Countries Use Crypto The Most? The Top 10 Crypto Countries

Which Countries Use Crypto The Most? The Top 10 Crypto Countries

Today, the cryptocurrency industry is undoubtedly huge. Over the past decade, crypto has become immensely popular as an investment option and alternative currency. But the use of cryptocurrency isn’t the same across the world. Some countries don’t allow crypto at all, while others have built a huge industry from it. So, which countries are currently … Read more

U.S. and other countries tighten travel rules over Omicron, EU urges vaccination

U.S. and other countries tighten travel rules over Omicron, EU urges vaccination

Air travellers to U.S. to face tougher COVID-19 testingEU says combating variant is a ‘race against time’Japan expands travel ban to some foreign residentsWHO warns against blanket travel bans over OmicronWASHINGTON/PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) – Air travellers to the United States will face tougher COVID-19 testing rules to try to slow the spread of the … Read more

Pakistan bans travel from 7 countries amid concern over new Covid variant – Pakistan

Pakistan bans travel from 7 countries amid concern over new Covid variant - Pakistan

Pakistan placed a complete ban on Saturday on travel from seven countries in the wake of the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus, Omicron, first detected in South Africa, according to the notification issued by the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC). The notification said travel had been restricted from six southern African … Read more

Thailand bans entry from 8 African countries over COVID Omicron variant

Thailand bans entry from 8 African countries over COVID Omicron variant

Foreign tourists arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport during the first day of the country’s reopening campaign, part of the government’s plan to jump start the pandemic-hit tourism sector in Bangkok, Thailand November 1, 2021. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File PhotoBANGKOK, Nov 27 (Reuters) – Thailand said on Saturday it would ban the entry of people travelling from eight African … Read more

Here’s what the UK can learn from other countries’ responses to Covid-19 | Siva Anandaciva

Looking at how health services in different countries have responded to Covid, we can see some common ground. Many countries are increasing funding for health services, expanding the number of frontline clinical staff, providing separate areas to care for patients with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, and using digital technology to deliver virtual rather than face-to-face … Read more

Global licence deal to provide COVID antibody test tech free to poorer countries – WHO

Global licence deal to provide COVID antibody test tech free to poorer countries - WHO

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a ceremony to launch a multiyear partnership with Qatar on making FIFA Football World Cup 2022 and mega sporting events healthy and safe at the WHO headquarters, in Geneva, Switzerland, October 18, 2021. Fabrice Coffrini/ Pool via REUTERSRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterGENEVA, Nov 23 … Read more

Bitcoin ban: These are the countries where crypto is restricted or illegal

Bitcoin ban: These are the countries where crypto is restricted or illegal

Bitcoin has been controversial since its beginning in 2009, as have the subsequent cryptocurrencies that followed in its wake.While widely criticised for its volatility, its use in nefarious transactions and for the exorbitant use of electricity to mine it, Bitcoin is being seen by some, particularly in the developing world, as a safe harbour during … Read more

Pfizer to allow generic versions of its COVID-19 pill in 95 countries

Pfizer to allow generic versions of its COVID-19 pill in 95 countries

A 3D printed Pfizer logo is placed near medicines from the same manufacturer in this illustration taken September 29, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationNov 16 (Reuters) – Pfizer Inc (PFE.N) said on Tuesday it will allow generic manufacturers to supply its experimental antiviral COVID-19 pill to 95 low- and middle-income countries through a licensing agreement with international … Read more

Covid-19 drove deaths up 16% in OECD countries, hit mental health, too, report finds

Covid-19 drove deaths up 16% in OECD countries, hit mental health, too, report finds

Life expectancy fell the most in Spain and the United States, the group said, with the United States losing 1.6 years of life per capita on average over the year and a half of the pandemic so far, and Spain losing 1.5 years, the OECD said.The report found little change in which countries enjoy the … Read more

Factbox: Countries rush to buy Merck’s experimental COVID-19 pill

Factbox: Countries rush to buy Merck's experimental COVID-19 pill

An experimental COVID-19 treatment pill called molnupiravir being developed by Merck & Co Inc and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics LP, is seen in this undated handout photo released by Merck & Co Inc and obtained by Reuters May 17, 2021. Merck & Co Inc/Handout via REUTERS Nov 4 (Reuters) – Merck (MRK.N) has signed nine deals to … Read more

Britain’s Covid Response Offers a Warning to Other Countries

Britain's Covid Response Offers a Warning to Other Countries

There are downsides to most Covid-19 precautions. Keeping children home from school can cause them to fall behind. Working from home can impede creativity. Staying away from friends and relatives can damage mental health. Wearing masks can muffle speech, hide smiles and fog eyeglasses.For all of these reasons, the ideal Covid policy for any society … Read more

G20 countries have an ‘opportunity and responsibility’ toward crypto, DeFi policies

G20 countries have an 'opportunity and responsibility' toward crypto, DeFi policies

Independent think tank Observer Research Foundation (ORF) opined in its latest post that G20 countries have both an “opportunity and responsibility” to coordinate policies around crypto-assets and DeFi. So much so, that it is conducive to a “sustainable, balanced, and inclusive global economic architecture.” While the report made some key observations, let’s rewind to the … Read more

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to Poorer Countries

Pressure Grows on G20 Nations to Get Covid Vaccines to Poorer Countries

As President Biden and other leaders gathered on Saturday to discuss plans to protect against future pandemics, health experts and activists say that rich nations are still not doing enough to help people in poor nations survive the current one.White House advisers said the president would spend his time at this weekend’s Group of 20 … Read more

Approved COVID-19 vaccines and countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Approved COVID-19 vaccines and countries with approved COVID-19 proof of vaccination

Akrotiri and Dhekelia Letter of proof from the overseas territory government showing you’ve been fully vaccinated under the UK overseas vaccine programme. Albania Vaccine certificate. Andorra EU DCC showing you’ve had a full course of an EMA approved vaccine. Angola Will be added to this list 4am Monday 1 November. If you arrive in England … Read more

UK falling behind most G7 countries in sharing Covid vaccines, figures show | Coronavirus

The UK is lagging behind other G7 countries in sharing surplus Covid vaccines with poorer countries, according to newly published figures.The advocacy organisation One, which is campaigning to end extreme poverty and preventable disease by 2030, described it as shaming for the UK government.The figures show that the UK is behind every member of the … Read more

Covax falters as rich countries buy up Covid vaccines

Covax falters as rich countries buy up Covid vaccines

Wealthy countries have received over 16 times more Covid-19 vaccines per person than poorer nations that rely on the Covax programme backed by the World Health Organization, according to analysis by the Financial Times.Just 9.3 vaccines have been delivered to low-income countries for every 100 people, the data show — 7.1 of which have been through Covax. … Read more

Analysis: Vaccinated Singapore shows zero-COVID countries cost of reopening

Analysis: Vaccinated Singapore shows zero-COVID countries cost of reopening

Passengers from Amsterdam arrive at Changi Airport under Singapore’s expanded Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) quarantine-free travel scheme, as the city-state opens its borders to more countries amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Singapore October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File PhotoRecord surge in deaths and infection points to risksDeath toll of 280 driven by Delta variant, … Read more

Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?

Will New Covid Treatments Be as Elusive for Poor Countries as Vaccines?

“It’s not a coincidence that Merck has experience from H.I.V. — internally, with their leadership and culture, they know that if they don’t address the access challenges, they will be slammed,” said Dr. Moon, co-director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. Generic manufacturing it not … Read more

Covid pandemic has pushed poor countries to record debt levels – World Bank | World Bank

The Covid-19 pandemic has led to a “tragic reversal” in development and pushed debt in poor countries to record levels, the head of the World Bank has said.David Malpass, the bank’s president warned the virus had widened the gap between rich and poor nations, setting back progress by years and, in the case of some … Read more