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Vlorë

(vlô`rə) or

Valona

(vəlō`nə), city (1989 pop. 71,662), capital of Vlorë dist., SW Albania, on Vlorë Bay of the Adriatic Sea. Vlorë is a major seaport and a commercial center. Its industries produce olive oil, cement, and alcohol. A commercial fishing fleet and a canning industry are based at Vlorë. Petroleum, natural gas, bitumen, and salt deposits are found nearby. The Kuçovë oil field near Berat is linked to Vlorë by pipeline. Vlorë Bay, strategically located at the mouth of the Adriatic Sea, has long been the site of military installations. In the 5th cent. Vlorë became an episcopal see. The city was prominent in the struggle (11th–12th cent.) between the Normans of Sicily and the Byzantines. It passed to Serbia in 1345 and to the Ottoman Empire in 1464; it was held by the Turks until 1912, when Albanian independence was proclaimed there. Vlorë was occupied by the Italians from 1914 to 1920 and from 1939 to 1944; it was bombed during World War II. It is also known as Vlonë, Vlona, and Vlora.
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Then he suddenly experiences a change of heart: "the sun was setting, and I was [more] desirous of making a drawing of Avlona from the salt works, with a foreground of pelicans." So instead of pausing at the island, he circles back, to discover that the birds, too, have returned.
Like most of the illustrations to the travel books, the plate that accompanies this narrative (titled "Avlona") concentrates on displaying the lay of the land (Figure 1).
Hambas added that initial meetings have taken place with the local councils of Katokopia, Pano Zodia, Avlona and Peristerona and that more meetings with other communities would follow.
Authorities will also be keeping an eye on poultry farms in a 10-kilometre radius that includes Meniko, Akaki, Ayious Trimithias, Yerolakkos, Mammari, Katokopia, Avlona, Peristerona and Orounta.
THE UNITED Nations yesterday had a 'standoff' with the Turkish army in the buffer zone near the village of Avlona after the latter reinstalled a fence the UN had just removed.
Avlona is about 22 kilometres west of Nicosia centre and about 11km south of occupied Morphou.
Turkish soldiers were seen by Greek Cypriot farmers driving up to the well in the buffer zone, around 500 metres from the village of Avlona, at around 8.30am yesterday.
Further to the east, between Meniko and Paliometocho a blaze was spotted at 4.07pm while farther northeast between Avlona and Denia, a blaze was spotted at 4.30pm.
The youths were finally released on bail from the Avlona and Koridallos prisons, respectively, at the end of March.
One was being held at the Avlona prison and the other Koridallos.