How do I have it both ways?
You can do this by setting
'with_front' => false while registering the new custom post type, To remove the custom post type slug which WordPress adds by default, pass
//Example - how to pass array to rewrite $args = array( // This rewrite settings will remove the slug you want also the slug - /custom_post_type/ 'rewrite' => array('slug'=>'','with_front'=>false), ); register_post_type('custom_post_type',$args);
You could change your permalink structure to
/%category%/%postname%/ and add the posts to a News category.
If you don’t always want US in the URL, I suppose you could make a US category as a parent, then add the News category to it as a child. You’d have to duplicate for every country though. So you’d have to have UK -> News, then CA -> News, etc.